Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation in connection with a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post about surviving domestic violence, despite the fact that she never mentioned Depp by name in the article. The $50 million lawsuit was originally filed in March 2019 by the Pirates of the Caribbean actor. It seems one psychologist recently testified and diagnosed Heard with PTSD.
One week after a doctor hired by Johnny Depp’s legal team testified that Amber Heard showed no signs of post-traumatic stress disorder, another forensic psychologist testified that she does. Dr. Dawn Hughes, a clinical and forensic psychologist, was the first witness called by Heard’s legal team recently after the plaintiffs rested their case in Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife.
Hughes shared her professional findings after reviewing Heard’s case files and meeting with her four times in person and twice via Zoom for a total of 29 hours. She also spoke with some of Heard’s doctors and the late star’s mother, Paige. Hughes, who stated that she “always” approaches evaluations with a “healthy dose of skepticism,” diagnosed Heard with PTSD.
Hughes stated that “the intimate partner violence by Mr. Depp” is at the root of Heard’s condition in this case. “That was what was causing the symptoms,” she explained. Hughes stated that four tests confirmed the diagnosis.
The doctor also testified that Heard displayed no signs of feigning or misrepresenting her mental health. Dr. Shannon Curry, a forensic psychologist, testified a week ago that Heard showed no signs of PTSD and was instead diagnosed with borderline and histrionic personality disorders.
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