A WebMD profile of a medical psychologist was flooded with unfavourable feedback Tuesday after she testified as the primary protection witness for actor Amber Heard in a defamation swimsuit filed by her former husband, actor Johnny Depp.
Dawn Hughes, who was referred to as to the stand by Heard’s authorized crew, testified that she recognized Heard with post-traumatic stress dysfunction on account of what she described as intimate companion violence skilled throughout her relationship with Depp.
As Hughes was on the stand, a WebMD profile along with her identify and apply info was hit with a barrage of unfavourable evaluations.
WebMD didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark Tuesday. The evaluations gave the impression to be faraway from the web site after NBC News reached out to WebMD.
It’s unclear whether or not Hughes created the profile herself. She did not instantly reply to a request for remark concerning the web page and its evaluations.
In most of the evaluations, commenters accused Hughes of being biased in opposition to males in circumstances of home abuse, calling her sexist and unprofessional.
“bad energy, vicious and hates men. … this review was created by a woman,” one evaluation learn.
A majority of evaluation writers appeared to take challenge with Hughes’ use of feminine pronouns when she described victims of abuse, noting that males may also be victims of intimate companion violence.
“Doesn’t believe men can be victims of abuse,” one other evaluation mentioned. “Extreme biased. Guess she’ll discredit victims just for money.”
Some evaluations included a derogatory and profane time period used to denigrate girls.
There have been no evaluations on the profile earlier than Tuesday, and a cached model saved from March confirmed no evaluations for the webpage.
Hughes is the primary witness to be referred to as in Heard’s protection, which started after Depp’s authorized crew completed presenting its proof Tuesday. She advised the court docket that she additionally performed supplemental interviews and forensic testing and consulted medical data whereas she was diagnosing Heard.
Hughes testified that in her analysis of Heard, she decided the allegations of emotional and bodily abuse Heard reported to be authentic. She described what she referred to as coercive abuse exhibited by Depp, making an attempt to regulate Heard’s clothes or profession decisions for example.
“The basis of the opinion was looking at all the dynamics in this relationship — looking at not just the hitting and the yelling, but looking at how much more pitting was done,” Hughes mentioned. “Looking at the coercive control, the obsessive jealousy, the possessiveness, the sexual violence, the choking behavior, the threats to kill, those are all, as I stated, very significant and often found in cases of lethal domestic violence.”
Shannon Curry, a medical psychologist introduced as an skilled witness by Depp’s authorized crew, beforehand rejected the concept Heard had PTSD. Curry recognized Heard with borderline character dysfunction and histrionic character dysfunction, which Hughes disagreed with.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in damages over a 2018 essay she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she mentioned she had develop into the “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although the essay by no means mentions Depp by identify, his attorneys mentioned it not directly refers to allegations she made in opposition to him throughout their 2016 divorce. Heard is countersuing Depp searching for $100 million in damages.
In 2016, Heard filed for a protecting order in opposition to Depp, alleging he threw a cellphone at her, leaving her bruised. She wrote in a sworn declaration to the court docket that she was dwelling “in fear that Johnny will return to [our house] unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally.”
Depp has denied the allegations of abuse, telling the court docket over 4 days of testimony that he had by no means “struck a woman in my life.” He characterised his former spouse as having a “need for conflict,” instigating fights and bodily violence, in the midst of their relationship.
Heard is predicted to start her personal witness testimony Wednesday. Her attorneys cross-examined Depp final month, studying textual content messages he despatched that included violent language about Heard and audio clips through which she appeared to confront him about assaulting her.
Social media customers have largely backed Depp within the case, with hashtags like “JusticeForJohnnyDepp” racking up practically 3 billion views on TikTok final month. Some individuals have posted play-by-plays of every day in court docket, whereas others have recommended their very own theories about Heard’s habits in court docket.