IIn Hollywood star Johnny Depp’s libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, the actress failed with a motion to dismiss Depp’s lawsuit. Judge Penney Azcarate ruled Tuesday there was enough evidence to warrant the trial in Fairfax, Virginia. A psychologist, meanwhile, testified on the witness stand that Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of Depp’s alleged abuse.
Heard’s lawyers had asked that the Hollywood star’s lawsuit be dismissed as unfounded after Depp’s lawyers concluded their closing arguments. Depp failed to prove that Heard slandered him in an article published in the Washington Post in late 2018.
At the time, the “Aquaman” actress described herself as a victim of domestic violence without naming the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star. “There’s no denying that he did in fact abuse Amber,” Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn said.
Judge Azcarate, however, said enough points had been raised in the ongoing process to warrant continuing the process. Ultimately, the jury should decide the evidence. Requests to dismiss a case are common in the United States, even when a case is pending. They rarely succeed.
Depp sued Heard, to whom he was married between 2015 and 2017, for $50 million in damages. He accuses the 36-year-old of seriously damaging his career with false allegations of domestic abuse. Heard responded with a counterclaim against the 58-year-old, seeking $100 million in damages. She accuses him of “unbridled physical violence”.
The process has been going on for three weeks
The trial between Depp and Heard in Fairfax near the capital Washington began three weeks ago. Depp and numerous witnesses called by his attorneys have already testified in the process. On Tuesday, Heard’s attorneys began interviewing their own witnesses. The actress herself is also expected to testify this week.
Clinical and forensic psychologist Dawn Hughes testified in court Tuesday that she used four separate tests to reliably diagnose Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of her relationship with Depp. Depp tortured her with “obsessive” jealousy and control and apparently physically and sexually “abused” her. Depp Heard “shoved”, slapped, “choked”, banged against a wall and kicked him in the back.
Depp said he never hit Heard. On the contrary, Heard had become violent on several occasions. Psychologist Shannon Curry, presented as a witness by Depp’s lawyers, had told her colleague Hughes that she had not diagnosed Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder.
On the contrary, the 36-year-old man suffers from a borderline personality and a so-called histrionic personality disorder, that is to say a pathologically egocentric and manipulative behavior. Hughes, in turn, rejected this diagnosis.