Actress Amber Heard suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of “intimate violence” inflicted by Johnny Depp, a psychology expert claimed on Tuesday at the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife. Johnny Depp displayed an “obsession with control” and “obsessive jealousy” throughout their “very volatile” relationship, Dawn Hughes added. A clinical and forensic psychologist, she was the first witness called by lawyers for the 36-year-old actress in the trial, which began three weeks ago in court in Fairfax, near Washington. Johnny Depp, 58, says that his ex-wife ruined his reputation and career after she wrote an editorial in the Washington Post in 2018, in which she claimed to have been the victim of domestic violence in 2016, without however quoting her ex-husband. He is seeking $50 million in damages. The actor, who testified for four days, denies ever having raised a hand on his ex-wife, assuring that it was she who was violent. Violent behavior Amber Heard has counter- attacked and claims 100 million dollars, claiming to have suffered “physical violence and aggression” since their meeting in 2009 and during their tumultuous marriage which lasted only two years, from 2015 to 2017. In 2016, she had continued her husband in court for domestic violence before dropping these charges during the divorce proceedings. Dr. Hughes explained to the jurors that she had made a “definitive diagnosis” of post-traumatic stress after four tests with Amber Heard showing, according to her, “violence from his partner in this relationship”. Her findings contradict those of another psychology expert, Shannon Curry, who claimed last week that the Aquaman actress suffered from personality disorders and had “grossly exaggerated” the symptoms of PTSD she said she was suffering from. Dr. Hughes, Amber Heard spoke of “physically violent behavior” and “acts of sexual violence”. “He pushed her, shoved her, slapped her with his back and the palm of his hand,” she said. “He strangled her, pushed her against a wall, pushed her and she fell. He kicked her in the back.” Her testimony is due to continue on Wednesday and Amber Heard is to be called at the helm this week. Previously, his lawyers had unsuccessfully asked the judge, Penney Azcarate, to dismiss Johnny Depp’s complaint, which they said had not proven defamation. because of indisputable evidence that he was, in fact, the one who assaulted Amber,” explained the actress’ attorney, Ben Rottenborn. This request, usual in the American legal system, is rarely granted and Judge Azcarate considered that there were enough elements to continue the lawsuit. estimated on Tuesday morning that the actor suffered a shortfall of around $40 million following the publication of the op-ed, including being dropped from the Pirates saga in 2019 by Disney Studios. of the star had exceeded 30 million dollars in 2017, had estimated the day before his agent. In April 2018, the British tabloid The Sun accused Johnny Depp of being “an abusive husband”. The actor sued the newspaper and lost in a trial that exposed his drug and alcohol abuse.