Watch live: Amber Heard takes stand in civil trial over Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit


Actress Amber Heard took to the podium Wednesday afternoon, after questioning the first witness invited by her lawyers. She is being sued by her ex-husband and Hollywood star Johnny Depp, who spent four days on the podium earlier in the defamation trial.

Heard told jurors how difficult it was for her to relive her turbulent marriage to Depp as part of a defamation suit she brought against her.

“I find it hard 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 live it all over again.”

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Amber Heard testifies in Fairfax County Court in the defamation case brought against her by her ex-husband Johnny Depp in Fairfax, Virginia, May 4, 2022.

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psychologist Dawn Hughes testified on Tuesday That Heard suffered from PTSD from the violence she suffered at the hands of Depp, including several sexual assaults.

Depp said that he never physically attacked Heard, and that she was the abuser who would routinely hit him and throw things at him during the course of their relationship. Deb Heard sues for $50 million in Fairfax County Court after Heard wrote in December 2018 editorial in the Washington Post She describes herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”. The article never mentioned Depp by name, but Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed nonetheless as it is a clear reference to allegations of abuse that were made in 2016, in the midst of the couple’s divorce proceedings.

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Actor Johnny Depp waves as he arrives at the courtroom at Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Wednesday, May 4, 2022. Depp sued his ex-wife, Amber Heard, for defamation in Fairfax County Court after she wrote a 2018 Washington Post op-ed stating that to herself as a “public figure representing domestic violence”. (Elizabeth Frantz/Pool Photo via AP)

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Hughes’ testimony contradicted that of a psychiatrist hired by Depp’s lawyers, who said Heard had been falsifying symptoms of PTSD and suffering from both borderline and historical personality disorders. Hughes disputed that Heard had any personality disorder.

Hughes, in her testimony, said that Heard admitted that she pushed and pushed Depp at times, called him names and insulted his parents. Hughes said she based her testimony on 29 hours of interviews with Heard, as well as interviews with her therapists and a review of court documents.

During Wednesday’s questioning, Hughes admitted that she had not made factual decisions that Depp had assaulted Heard on specific occasions. But she testified that Heard’s account of her experiences was consistent with those of those who had experienced domestic violence.

Hughes testified that the sexual assaults included forcing Depp to perform oral sex. Despite cross-examination, Depp’s lawyers note that Heard denied forcing him to have oral sex during a psychological test that was administered as part of Hughes’ evaluation.

Hughes said that Heard initially portrayed the encounters as consensual but “angry” sex.

“You didn’t picture them as a physical force,” Hughes said.

The trial, now in its fourth week, continues to capture the public’s attention. More than 100 people, mostly Depp supporters and fans, lined up Wednesday before 7 a.m. outside the courtroom for the 100 seats available in the courtroom.

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