As board-certified forensic and clinical psychologist Dr. Dawn Hughes took the stand today, fans of Johnny Depp were busy vandalizing websites, using fake accounts to leave made-up negative reviews of their experiences with the doctor. Some estimate over 300 fake reviews were posted in the span of 3o minutes on WebMD and Google.
Hughes told the court today that Amber Heard suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder due to physical and sexual abuse at the hands of ex-husband Johnny Depp.
According to Hughes, she diagnosed Heard after examining her for 29 hours and reviewing her therapy records. She related numerous instances of alleged sexual violence, attributed to Depp’s “obsessive jealousy” and a desire to demonstrate dominance.
Hughes testified that Depp threw her on bed, ripped off her nightgown, and tried to force her to jave sex when he was drunk or high.
In Hughes’ account, Depp is also said to have penetrated Heard with his fingers and a bottle on one occasion. According to her, Depp was particularly jealous of James Franco, with whom he believed Heard was in a relationship.
“These incidents often happened in a drug-fueled rage,” she said.
Shannon Curry, a psychologist called by Depp’s team last week, claimed that Heard suffered from a borderline personality disorder. Hughes was called to refute Curry’s testimony. Curry examined Heard for 12 hours on Depp’s behalf, and testified that Heard has a tendency to make “overly dramatic” statements.
According to Hughes, Curry’s diagnosis is incorrect. According to her, Heard’s symptoms are consistent with a victim of intimate partner violence.
Hughes also testified that Depp tried to control Heard’s career by exerting “coercive control”.
“‘Ambition’ was a weaponized term in that relationship,” said Hughes.
Curry also testified that Heard suffered from histrionic personality disorder, which she said was marked by “drama and shallowness,” and “extreme discomfort with not being the center of attention.” Curry also stated that Heard did not suffer from PTSD. These diagnoses were challenged by several leading psychologists like Dr. Jessica Taylor and Dr. Todd Grande before Dr. Hughes completely dismantled it.
That his mental state would be counted as being of no consequence in this trial is absolutely wrong on so many levels.