Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s marriage counselor has said there was “mutual abuse” between the couple.
Johnny Depp launched a defamation lawsuit against Heard in 2019, after the Aquaman star described herself as a victim of domestic abuse in a 2018 article she penned in The Washington Post. The trial began Monday 11 April in Fairfax, Virginia.
Laurel Anderson, a clinical psychologist who counselled the couple during 2015, testified in court that Heard told her it was a “point of pride” to initiate a fight with Depp.
Anderson’s video deposition which was recorded in February 2022, was played to the courtroom on the third day of the defamation trial. In it, she stated that Heard and Depp admitted to her during counselling that they were both physically abusive towards each other.
Anderson stated that Depp had been “well controlled” for most of his life but was “triggered” by Heard. She said that they were both victims of childhood abuse.
“And then with Ms. Heard, [Depp] was triggered and they engaged as what I saw as mutual abuse,”
The psychologist said that when actress was “triggered” by something her ex-husband did, she would see it as a “point of pride” to “initiate” a fight with him. She added “if [Depp] was going to leave her to deescalate the fight, she would strike him to keep him there.”