As the defamation trial where Johnny Depp sued Amber Heard for libel continues in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia more witnesses have taken the stand. The recent ones, on Thursday included marriage counselor Dr. Laurel Anderson who said both of them were abusive to each other. Another witness Gina Deuters spoke against Amber Heard but was removed from the proceedings by the judge as she admitted to watching a part of the trial before appearing as a witness.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard had a tumultuous relationship and marriage. They got divorced in 2017. The next year Amber Heard wrote an article in The Washington Post where she spoke of the domestic abuse that she faced. Although she didn’t mention her ex husband Johnny Depp by name, it was implied.
Johnson Depp subsequently sued her for defamation and has asked for $50 million in damages. His lawyers said that he had lost roles in his cinematic career, as a result of the implied domestic violence and abuse.
Dr. Anderson’s deposition was played as a video testimony, before the jury, on Thursday. The marriage counselor described the relationship between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as “mutual abuse.” The doctor also implied that the relationship was dysfunctional and volatile.
Dr. Anderson noted that he was “triggered.” and said that it was known that Heard lead on more than once and had started it, as well. The doctor said that both of them had thrown objects at each other and that Heard said that Depp had hit her and showed the doctor the bruises.
The long testimony from the Los Angeles doctor included a comment which said that “it was a point of pride to her if she felt disrespected to initiate a fight.”
The doctor also mentioned that Heard had been beaten by her father. Johnny Depp had also faced physical abuse when he was a child. The couple had gone to the doctor, who is a clinic psychologist, for couples therapy. These sessions began in October 2015.
Dr. Anderson said that “Ms. Heard had a jackhammer style of talking” and that she was “very amped up.” The psychologist observed that Depp “had trouble talking at a similar pace” and “was cut off a lot.”
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