Meet Dr. Dawn Hughes, First Witness of Amber Heard Against Johnny Depp in Defamation Trial

On Tuesday, when actress Amber Heard tested as the first defense witness in a defamation complaint by her husband, Johnny Depp, her WebMD profile was with critical comments. Dr. Dawn Hughes, who was brought to the testify by Heard’s legal team, claimed that she diagnose Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder due to what she is as intimate partner abuse she underwent during her relationship with Depp.


Meet Dr. Dawn Hughes, First Witness of Amber 

Dr. Dawn Hughes is a forensic psychologist by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP) who practices in New York City. Also, she has a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and a Diploma in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Hughes “specializes in the evaluation and treatment of interpersonal violence, traumatic stress, and anxiety disorders,” according to her website. She maintains an independent psychological practice in New York City. Where she also serves as an assistant professor of psychiatry at the Columbia University School of Medicine.

However, Dr. Dawn Hughes claimed to have visited with Amber Heard in person for over 29 hours throughout four sessions and twice through Zoom video conference. Also in her evidence, the psychologist insinuated that Johnny Depp had engaged in “Intimate Partner Violence (IPV)” against his ex-wife Amber Heard. Hughes disputed Dr. Curry’s diagnosis of Heard and said that the actress has Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) due to Depp’s alleged aggression toward her.


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Dr. Dawn Hughes and Johnny Depp

In add ition, the psychologist said that she administered a total of 12 psychological exams to the 36-year-old during their several in-person meetings. She also put Heard through a battery of tests to check whether she was lying about having mental health issues.


Several reviewers expressed concern over Hughes’ usage of female pronouns when describing abuse victims. Even though males may also be victims of intimate relationship violence.

Dr. Dawn Hughes
Image: Johnny Depp and Dr. Dawn Hughes(Credit: Dawn M. Hughes website)

Another review that the author “doesn’t think guys can be abuse victims.” “Extremely said. I’m guessing she’ll try to denigrate victims for money. Some of the evaluations used harsh and obscene phrases intended to disparage female characters.

There were no reviews on the profile before Tuesday, and a cached version of the homepage preserved from March also showed no reviews.

Johnny Depp Allegations

During a 2018 interview with The Washington Post, Heard said that Depp had become “the public figure for domestic violence. Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in damages. Although Depp is not thereby named in the article. His lawyers claim it implicitly relates to claims she made against him during their 2016 divorce. Heard is suing Depp in retaliation, also claiming $100 million in damages.

Heard obtained a protection order against Depp in 2016. Stating that he hurled a phone at her, causing her to be injured. As she described it to the court in a written affidavit, her life was filled with “anxiety that Johnny may come to [our home] unexpectedly and torment me, physically and mentally.”

According to Depp, who testified in court for four days. He never “hit a woman in my life,” despite the claims of violence. When they were together, he described his ex-wife as having a “thirst for confrontation. Provoking arguments and using physical aggression against him.

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