Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage ended in “mutual abuse”, according to a therapist.
The former couple are in court in Fairfax, Virginia, in a multi-million dollar trial after Johnny sued Amber for $50 million for defamation after she wrote an article for The Washington Post newspaper in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence.
However, the 35-year-old actress did not name the Fantastic Beasts star, 58, so she has sued back for $100 million.
In the session in Depp’s absence, Dr Laurel Anderson said via video testimony: “It is an honor for him, if he feels unappreciated, to start a fight. If he’s going to leave her to defuse the tension from the fight, he’ll attack her to keep her there, he’d rather fight than let her go.”
The clinical psychologist went on to claim that the Never Back Down star had a “jack hammer style of speech” and that Johnny was “difficult” to keep up.
He continued: “Ms Heard has a strange way of speaking. He was very excited. He had trouble speaking at the same rate. He got cut a lot.”
Ms Anderson went on to testify that the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ star had been “well controlled” for years before she met Amber in 2012 – admitting that she and Amber had a history of domestic violence in their family – and that Johnny was “triggered” during his marriage to Amber.
He was quoted by the BBC as saying: “With Ms Heard, she was triggered. They were involved in what I see as mutual harassment.”
Amber’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, previously told the jury: “He punched her. He had kicked him. He had told her he was going to kill her, and he hated it. He beat him, hit him. And then, he pierced through it with a liquor bottle. ”
However, Johnny’s spokesman vehemently denied the claims.
They said: “This fictitious claim was never made at the start of Amber’s allegations in 2016, and only comes years later after she was charged with defamation after noting in her opinion that she was a victim of ‘sexual assault’.”