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Amber Heard Dropped 25 Pounds Due To Johnny Depp’s ‘Ab*se,’ Court Hears

Written by Alex Miles

A forensic psychologist who evaluated Amber Heard testified that the effect of the alleged ab*se by Johnny Depp made Heard drop 25lbs

Dr. Dawn Hughes, a New York-based clinical and forensic psychologist who is an expert about domestic vi0lence, said that Heard went from 130lbs to 105lbs in weight.

Heard was taking ‘significantly more medication’ and had more episodes of panic and more outbursts of anger, Dr. Hughes testifies, and called the mixture of Depp’s substance ab*se and the vi0lence a ‘very, very disastrous mix.’

A forensic psychologist who evaluated Amber Heard testified that the effect of the alleged ab*se by Johnny Depp made Heard drop 25lbs

She said there is a ‘lot of lying’ when someone is a substance ab*ser, a lot of ‘blame for your inability to stay clean and sober.’

Depp would have tried to rationalize his behavior and promised to get better, Dr. Hughes said, adding, ‘The majority of the s3xually vi0lent episodes were in these alc*hol and dr*g fueled rages.

Dr. Dawn Hughes said that Heard went from 130lbs to 105lbs in weight. Heard is pictured in 2015 – during the height of her tumultuous relationship with Depp 

‘When alc*hol and dr*gs came together was when Amber Heard was more in danger of being h*rt by him.’

According to Dr. Hughes’ analysis, while Heard was verbally abusive and did h!t Depp, it didn’t rise to the same level as him because she was ‘never able to shift the balance of power and control.’

The court heard that the claims by Depp’s lawyers that Heard’s ab*se was a ‘hoax’ – the basis of her $100million lawsuit against him – would have made her trauma worse.

Dr. Hughes said that reading these reports would have made Heard’s PTSD more severe with more nightmares and more sleeplessness.

Dr. Hughes said: ‘The one thing women are afraid of is that no-ones going to believe them. When someone comes out and calls your experience a hoax that lends itself to more severe trauma for her.’

Heard’s first witness was Dr. Dawn Hughes, a New York-based clinical and forensic psychologist who is an expert about domestic vi0lence

Depp’s lawyer Wayne Dennison cross examined Hughes Wednesday morning.
Dennison pressed Dr. Hughes on her use of the pronoun ‘she’ during her testimony the previous day.

Dr. Hughes said: ‘I was using she and her because my determination was Miss Heard was the victim of intimate partner vi0-lence.’

Dennison asked if Dr. Hughes even spoke to Depp during her evaluation and she said no.

Dennison said: ‘You can’t assess a relationship without talking to both parties?’
Dr. Hughes replied: ‘You can get a lot of information from one party, especially when it’s buttressed by therapy records and couple’s therapy.

‘I also read Mr. Depp’s transcripts, I reviewed his medical records, his texts message. I was not necessarily totally blind.’

Dennison asked: ‘So the standard now is not necessarily totally blind, I can assess it?’
Dr. Hughes said: ‘We assess relationships all the time. Certainly someone who has been trained in intimate partner vi0lence looks for the dynamics.’

The court was shown the knife that Heard bought Depp as a present with the inscription ‘Hasta la muerte’, or ‘until d3ath’ in Spanish. Raising his voice, Dennison said: ‘A woman you suggest has characteristics of being afraid for her life gives her intimate partner a large knife on which she inscribes until de3ath?’ 

Under questioning Dr. Hughes said that she did not interview Dr. Laurel Anderson, the couple’s therapist who did a number of sessions with Depp and Heard.

Dr. Hughes said that Anderson’s notes, she said that Depp had been ‘well controlled’ for 20 or 30 years but ‘something in Miss Heard triggered him’.

Anderson did not conclude that Heard was the victim of spousal ab*se but Dr. Hughes said that she disagreed with this.

Dennison said: ‘The stuff you disagree with you disregard and the rest you keep?
Dr. Hughes said: ‘That’s not correct.’

The court was shown the knife that Heard bought Depp as a present with the inscription ‘Hasta la muerte’, or ‘until d3ath’ in Spanish.

Amber Heard appeared close to tears as her team’s first witness testified and explained why women stay in vi0lent relationships

Raising his voice, Dennison said: ‘A woman you suggest has characteristics of being afraid for her life gives her intimate partner a large knife on which she inscribes until d3ath?’

Dr. Hughes protested that ‘there’s context’ to the gift.

Dr. Hughes testified that Heard initially described occasions where Depp forced her to have s3x as ‘angry s3x’.

Dennison asked Dr. Hughes if she helped Heard to ‘reframe’ these encounters as non consensual but she denied it, saying her job was to evaluate her.

The court was shown results from one of the tests that Dr. Hughes carried out on Heard as she was cross examined Wednesday.

Under the section ‘potential for aggression,’ it read: ‘Sometimes my temper explodes and I completely lose control.’

Heard appeared to choke up as Dr. Hughes explained why women stay in vi0lent relationships. Dr. Hughes said that women in abusive relationships get into them for the right reasons but slowly their partner turns

Dr. Hughes said that Heard responded that this was ‘sometimes true.’
She said: ‘Miss Heard reported to me in her relationship that would happen. Her anger and affect regulation would become impaired’.

Going over another response, Dr. Hughes confirmed that Heard said it was sometimes the case that ‘my temper explodes.’

Another response from Heard read: ‘I think I have three or four completely different personalities inside of me’.

Heard said this was ‘sometimes true’, Dr. Hughes said.
Dr. Hughes said that Heard admitted to her she cut herself once as a teenager in a ‘reckless, stupid moment’ and never did it again.

On Tuesday Heard appeared close to tears several times as Dr. Hughes testified.
Dr. Hughes said that women in abusive relationships get into them for the right reasons but slowly their partner turns.

Dr. Hughes outlined horrifying instances where she claims Heard told her about s3xual vi0lence committed on her by Depp.

Dr. Hughes said that when Depp ‘was dr*nk or h*gh he threw her (Heard) on the bed, r!pped off her nightgown and tried to have s3x with her.’

She said: ‘He forced her to give him 0ral s3x when he was angry. These weren’t loving moments, these were dominant moments.’

On another occasion when Depp accused a woman of h*tting on Heard he ‘performed a cavity search,’ Dr. Hughes said.

She said that ‘he was looking for dr*gs,’ adding that Depp thought it was ‘acceptable to r!p off her nightgown and st*ck his fingers up her v*gina looking for c*caine.’

Another time Depp put his fingers in Heard’s v*gina and ‘moved her around vi*lently’ while they were in the closet.

The incident in Australia, where Depp’s fingertip was severed during an argument with Heard, was ‘one of the most severe.’

Dr. Hughes said: ‘When he was b*ating her and ch*cking her, saying I hate you I will f**king k*ll you, Miss Heard was dissociating and going outside of her body. The only thing she’s thinking is: ‘Oh God I hope it’s not the broken one.’

Dr. Hughes said that during ‘alc*hol fueled’ incidents where Depp threw Heard on a bed and tried to have s3x with her, it didn’t always work out.

Before starting their case, Amber Heard’s lawyers asked Judge Penney Azcarate to dismiss the case, saying Johnny Depp had not proven his claim

She said: ‘If he was not able to perform he would get more angry at her and blame her.’

As Dr. Hughes said this Heard appeared to struggle to contain her emotions.
Dr.Hughes said that the physical vi0lence suffered by Heard including Depp p*shing her, sh*ving her, ch*king her and k*cking her in the back.

She suffered ‘mostly br*ising’, c*ts and ‘v*ginal pain’ from some of the s*xual assaults.

Heard said she lost consciousness twice after f*ights with Depp, in Australia and December 2015.

Dr. Hughes said that among the examples of c0ercive control done by Depp was him telling her he ‘didn’t want her to show n*dity’ or to show her br*asts while filming.
Depp didn’t want Heard to act with certain people because of his ‘obsessive jealousy.’

He regarded Heard’s ambition as ‘something negative’ and he ‘persistently put her down’, telling her she ‘didn’t need to show her t*ts and a**.’

Dr. Hughes claimed that Depp would call ‘almost every actor’ Heard worked with and the director to tell them: ‘I got eyes down there, I got eyes on set.’

Dr. Hughes said: ‘He tried to control what she wore. He told her often no woman of mine is going to dress like a wh**e.’

Depp once said to Heard when she was going for an audition: ‘You’re going to go out with those t*ts and as**?’

Instead Heard had to put on ‘mom jeans’ so she didn’t look ‘revealing.’

Heard suffered a ‘barrage of accusations of infidelity’ including allegations from Depp. All of this had a ‘drastic’ effect on Heard and she lost roles because it was hard for her to audition.

Dr. Hughes said that while on a private plane ride from Boston to Los Angeles in 0214, Depp flew into a r4ge because Heard was filming with James Franco at the time.

She said: ‘She (Heard) gets on the plane, (Depp) starts talking about James Franco, making a lot of derogatory comments, hope you had fun with your escapades.
‘There was an argument when she got up to leave, he k*cked her in the back and she went forward.’

Dr. Hughes said it was like ‘sucking the oxygen out of the room and before you know it you’re suffocating.’ Dr. Hughes said that many victims feel shame for the ab*se which has a ‘compounding effect’ on them.

Amber Heard’s lawyers asked Judge Penney Azcarate to dismiss the case, saying Johnny Depp had not proven his claims

She said it was like a ‘vici0us cycle of trying to figure out how can I be with this man who h*rts me and yet I love him so much.’

Heard appeared to ch0ke up as Dr. Hughes explained why women stay in vi0lent relationships.

She said: ‘For the loving man, stay for the man who is kind, (the man she) had hoped and promised for their future. Some people stay because they have economic reasons, some people have children in common and don’t want to deprive their children of a father.

‘The most dangerous time for a woman is when she’s leaving – her likelihood of being k*lled increases substantially. Staying keeps her safe.’

Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft asked Dr. Hughes whether digital penetration of the v*gina counted as ab*se – such conduct has not been raised in the trial.
Dr. Hughes said yes if it was non consensual.

In a fiery response Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew said that Depp had ‘come forward with multiple credible witnesses, documents and authentic tape recordings of Miss Heard herself’

Bredehoft asked if the same applied to penetration by inanimate objects – that has also not been raised at the trial, but Heard’s lawyers claimed in their opening that Depp s*xually ass*ulted her with a bottle.

Heard looked on, stony-faced as Dr. Hughes said if there was no consent, it was ab*se.

Depp’s lawyers have accused Heard of screaming at him during their rows but Dr. Hughes said that was a normal reaction to being v!ctimized.

She said: ‘For women who feel they need to preserve their sense of autonomy they will y3ll and f*ght back.’

Women could ‘absolutely’ use vi0lence in an abusive relationship but it was mostly for self defense or to ‘f*ght back.’

Dr. Hughes told the court she conducted a forensic evaluation of Heard involving examining documents in the case and testing and interviewing Heard herself for 22 hours in person and twice on Zoom.

Judge Penney Azcarate denied the request regarding two statements in the Washington Post op-ed because there was a ‘scintilla’ of evidence a jury may find that they were defamatory

In addition, Dr. Hughes spoke with Heard’s doctors and her late mother.
Dr. Hughes said that her conclusion was that Heard’s account was ‘consistent about what we know about Intimate Partner Violence.’

In Heard’s case her ab*se was marked by: ph*sical vi0lence, ps*chological aggr3ssion, s*xual vi0lence, c*ercive control and ‘s*rveillance behaviors’, Dr. Hughes told the jury.

Dr. Hughes said that Heard demonstrated ‘very clearly tr4umatic effects’ from three statements made by Depp’s lawyers – which appeared to refer to claims by the Depp legal team that the case is a ‘hoax’.

Dr. Hughes said that she diagnosed Heard with PTSD and the cause was ‘intimate partner vi0lence by Mr. Depp.’

This came after Heard’s lawyers made a last-ditch effort to have the case dismissed, only for the judge to deny their request.

Before starting their case, Amber Heard’s lawyers asked Judge Penney Azcarate to dismiss the case, saying Johnny Depp had not proven his claims.

Judge Azcarate denied the request regarding two statements in the Washington Post op-ed because there was a ‘scintilla’ of evidence a jury may find that they were defamatory.

The judge held off ruling on a third statement in the op-ed because the relevant evidence had not been brought in yet.

The request sparked angry exchanges in court with both sides strongly making their arguments.

Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rotternborn said that if the court agrees that Depp ab*sed Heard ‘even one time, she wins – it’s that simple.’ Rottenborn said that the evidence Depp ab*sed Heard ph*sically and verbally was ‘overwhelming and undisputed.’

As Rottenborn argued, the defamation claim should be stricken because Depp failed to establish ‘falsity of statement’ during his case in chief.

In a fiery response Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew said that Depp had ‘come forward with multiple credible witnesses, documents and authentic tape recordings of Miss Heard herself.’

The evidence satisfied all ‘requisite elements’ and even went the ‘extra mile of showing Miss Heard ph*sically ab*sed him.’

Raising his voice, Chew said: ‘She’s the ab*ser in this courtroom!’

Heard’s lawyer Rottenborn argued that if the case does move ahead, the headline of the op-ed should be stricken as Heard did not write it.

Amber Heard’s personal nurse took the stand Tuesday as Johnny Depp’s team rested its case

The headline on the online version reads: ‘I spoke up against s*xual vi0lence – and faced our culture’s wrath. That has to change.’

Rottenborn also claimed that Depp had failed to prove that Heard acted with ‘actual malice’ in writing the article, the test required for a defamation case.

Rottenborn told the court it was a ‘gatekeeper of the First Amendment’ and should dismiss the case.

Depp’s lawyer Chew said that the ‘most convincing and most disg*sting’ evidence was from emails sent by the ACLU to the Washington Post pitching the idea of the piece.

In the email one ACLU executive told a Washington Post editor that it was written by Heard who ‘as you may recall was beaten up during her brief marriage to Johnny Depp.’

Chew claimed that the ACLU ‘helped her (Heard) to lie about it’ afterwards and called the civil rights group a ‘co-conspirator with Miss Heard’ that played a ‘frankly reprehensible role’ in the case.

The lawyer claimed that Heard told the ACLU to ‘put it back in, make it more spicy’, referring to an allusion to Depp

Without that the piece would have ended up in Teen Vogue as ‘no-one was interested in what she had to say unless she was defaming Mr. Depp’, Chew said.

Chew tore into Heard for failing to pay her $7million divorce settlement to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles with half going to each.

Chew said that it was ‘one thing for her to stiff the ACLU’ but it was another to fail to pay the hospital with ‘s*ck and d*ing children’.

The court heard from Erin Falati, also known as Erin Boerum, the former nurse of Amber Heard who appeared by video deposition

According to Chew ‘everybody and his grandmother’ knew that Heard was referring to her restraining order against Depp with the op-ed.

He called it ‘just a scam to get $7m from the divorce settlement’ that she ‘pocketed’ instead of giving it to charity as she pledged.’

Chew said, ‘Witness after witness has testified that Miss Heard, far from being a figure representing domestic vi0lence, is in fact a recidivist perpetrator of domestic violence on Mr. Depp and others.’

In response Rottenborn said that Chew ‘wrote that speech for an audience outside the courtroom.’

Speaking of Heard, he said: ‘She’s not the ab*ser. She and her witnesses will put on even more evidence she suffered at the hands of Mr Depp.’

Amber Heard’s personal nurse took the stand Tuesday as Johnny Depp’s team rested its case.

The court heard from Erin Falati, also known as Erin Boerum, the former nurse of Amber Heard who appeared by video deposition.

Under questioning from one of Depp’s lawyers, she walked through her notes of her treatment of Heard, starting with their first meeting in August 2014.

Under questioning from one of Depp’s lawyers, she walked through her notes of her treatment of Heard, starting with their first meeting in August 2014

The notes state that Heard ‘reports history of substance ab*se including an add*ction to c*caine and l*quor.’

‘Heard does not smoke but reports she drinks ‘1-3 glasses of red w*ne a day,’ the notes state.

The notes state: ‘Familial history of substance ab*se, both mother and father have ab*sed and become dependent on stimulants.

‘Client admits to a history of anx*ety, eating dis*rder, Attention Deficit Disorder, bipolar disorder, codependence issues and occasional insomnia.

‘Client identifies as b*sexual, and was married to a female partner prior to current relationship.’

The notes add that Heard had been ‘experiencing increased agitation recently and has had several outbursts of anger and r*ge. Her mood has been labile.’

Asked what ‘labile’ meant, Falati said: ‘Emotional lability is when emotions spin on a pendulum, you see someone sad and quickly transition to extreme happiness, it’s like a pendulum.’

The court was shown photographs of Heard’s red and bruised face that the actress had sent to her former nurse Erin Falati

Falati told the court she recalled Heard acting like this during the time she treated her.

In another remark from the notes, Falati said: ‘Client expressed concern to husband and Dr Kipper (Depp’s personal doctor) she is nervous about being alone while husband is working (on movie set in London) and expressed she has difficulty dealing with feelings of insecurity and jealousy when not in presence of her husband.’

In a note from August 29, 2014, Falati said that over dinner Heard spoke about her ‘confusion’ because she thought Depp wanted her to ‘eliminate acting career’ and stay home.

Asked if she ever got the impression Depp wanted Heard to stop acting, Falati said: ‘I don’t recall that being a sentiment.’

In Falati’s medical notes from September 2, 2014, she wrote that Heard reported ‘difficulty with jealousy issues and anxiety around fiance’s fame and ability to interact with females often.’

Falati told the court she recalled a ‘general sense of jealousy and anxiety issues cropping up over the years.’

In the m3dical notes from September 4, 2014, Falati noted that at dinner Heard became ‘frustrated’ with the wait staff over a miscommunication.

Amber Heard’s former nurse has testified that the actress sent her pictures with red marks on her face (pictured) via text messages and was told that she was s*icidal

Heard calmly repeated herself which caused Falati to reflect on her ‘change in coping mechanism’ as previously Heard’s coping skills involved ‘anger and yelling.’

In a note on March 25, 2015, Falati wrote that Heard was ‘concerned about ability to trust fiance following argument’ two days earlier.

Falati told the court she had a ‘generalized memory of there being jealousy and anxiety issues including mistrust within the relationship.’

Asked if she recalled Heard thought Depp was ‘cheating on her’, Falati said she didn’t recall that specifically, just a general sense of jealousy.

Another note from December 17, 2015 revealed Falati’s observations about Heard at her Los Angeles penthouse following a f*ght with Depp.

The notes state that she ‘had visible bright red bl**d appearing at center of lower lip’ and that it was ‘actively bl**ding.’

The medical notes stated: ‘Heard stated it was from inj*ry sustained in an argument between her and her husband.

‘States her head is br*ised and she has lost cl*mps of hair in the altercation.’
The court heard that Falati attended Heard’s 30th birthday at the penthouse on April 21, 2016 where Heard became angry because Depp was late.

The notes of the evening state: ‘Heard appears to laugh and smile when talking to friends but mood turns depressed and affect flat when she is alone or talking with friend Rocky.

‘Heard said: ”I can’t believe (Depp) isn’t here yet. He keeps saying he is on his way but he still hasn’t shown up”’

Depp had been attending a two-hour crunch meeting with his accountants and turned up at 10.15pm.

The following day Heard went to the Coachella music festival with her friends as a birthday trip.

In a note on May 11, 2016, Falati wrote about visiting Heard at home.

The note states: ‘Client admits to ill*cit dr*g use, and states she ingested m*shr00ms and vomited and was ‘h*gh for at least 24 hours straight.’

‘(Falati) reminded client that ill*cit dr*g use will not be tolerated by medical staff and that any m*dications or dr*gs that are not prescribed can cause adverse effects with her prescribed medication.

‘Client laughed and also reported using ill*cit dr*gs (m*shr00ms) on March 9 at home with a h*gh profile male acquaintance. Client reported that her husband was not aware of the male visitor, not her ill*cit dr*g use.’

Asked if Heard ever spoke about her substance use before, Falati said that she did when they first met.

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