Johnny Depp trial: Amber Heard takes witness stand to give testimony in libel suit

FAIRFAX, Virginia – Actress Amber Heard told jurors Wednesday how difficult it was for her to rekindle her troubled marriage to Johnny Depp as part of a defamation suit she filed against her.

“I’m struggling to find the words to describe how painful this is,” she said at the beginning of her testimony. “It’s horrible for me to sit here for weeks and relive everything.”

Herd’s testimony comes after a psychologist hired by her lawyers testified that Herd suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder from multiple acts of abuse, including sexual violence, caused by Depp.

Depp is suing Herd for defamation in Fairfax County District Court after writing a December 2018 article in The Washington Post describing herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” The article never mentions Depp by name, but Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed, however, because he clearly referred to the accusations he made in 2016 during their divorce proceedings.

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Depp spent four days on the podium earlier in the day, testifying that he never beat Herd and that he was the victim of abuse. He said that he received punches and blows from her on many occasions and that he threw things at him. He described Herd as having “a need for conflict”.

Psychologist Dawn Hughes, in her testimony on Tuesday, acknowledged that Heard occasionally used physical violence against Depp, but said she was pale in comparison to the violence she suffered, which made her frightened and fearful for her safety.

During the cross-examination on Wednesday, Hughes acknowledged that she had not made any real determinations that Depp had attacked Heard in specific cases. But she testified that Heard’s account of her experiences was consistent with that of those who experienced domestic violence.

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Hughes testified that the sexual assaults included Depp forcing her to have oral sex. During the cross-examination, however, Depp’s lawyers noted that Herd denied that he had been forced to have oral sex during psychological tests performed as part of Hughes’s assessment.

Hughes said Herd initially framed the meetings as consensual but “angry sex.”

“It did not frame them as a physical force,” Hughes said.

The trial, now in its fourth week, continues to attract public attention. More than 100 people lined up outside the courthouse on Wednesday before 7am – three hours before the start of the trial – for the 100 seats available in the courtroom. Most are Depp supporters and admirers.

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