Johnny Depp 'cavity searched' Amber Heard to 'find drugs' & screamed 'I'll f**king kill you' during attack, court hears

JOHNNY Depp allegedly performed a cavity search on his ex-wife Amber Heard to try and find drugs and screamed "I'll f**king kill you" during an attack, a court heard.

The Aquaman actress, 36, called a domestic violence expert as her first witness as she began the fightback in her multi-million-dollar libel trial against Johnny.

Amber is due to give evidence today and detail claims of the horrific physical and emotional abuse by the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

Johnny, 58, spent the past 13 days calling 27 witnesses as he tried to argue Amber destroyed his career with an article in the Washington Post.

Amber's first witness, Dawn Hughes, a New York-based clinical and forensic psychologist, described multiple instances of sexual violence to the court.

Dr Hughes said when Johnny "was drunk or high he threw her on the bed, ripped off her nightgown and tried to have sex with her".

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She said: "He forced her to give him oral sex when he was angry. These weren't loving moments, these were dominant moments."

Dr Hughes claimed Johnny "performed a cavity search" on Amber in an attempt to look for drugs.

She said Johnny thought it was "acceptable to rip off her nightgown and stick his fingers up her vagina looking for cocaine".

"These incidents often happened in a drug-fuelled rage," she said.

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Dr Hughes said an incident in Australia in March 2015 was "one of the most severe instances of sexual violence that Ms Heard had to endure".

The psychologist told the court Johnny put his fingers in Amber's vagina and "moved her around violently".

Dr. Hughes said: "When he was beating her and chocking her, saying I hate you, I will f**king kill you, Ms Heard was dissociating and going outside of her body.

"The only thing she's thinking is, oh God I hope it's not the broken one'."

Amber looked visibly distressed in the courtroom as the incidents were described.

Dr Hughes said the physical violence allegedly inflicted on Amber by Johnny included pushing her, shoving her, choking her and kicking her in the back.

She said Amber suffered "mostly bruising" and "vaginal pain" from the sexual assaults.

Dr Hughes also claimed Johnny didn't want to work with certain people due to his "obsessive jealousy".

The witness claimed Johnny would call "almost every actor" Amber worked with and tell them: "I got eyes down there, I got eyes on set."

Dr Hughes said: "He tried to control what she wore. He told her often no woman of mine is going to dress like a wh**e."

The court heard that Dr Hughes had interviewed Amber multiple times for a total of 29 hours, in which she reported multiple incidents of violence to her.

She said she had diagnosed Amber with PTSD, caused by "intimate partner violence by Mr Depp".

Johnny is suing for £38million while she is countersuing for £77million for remarks his lawyers made.

At the end of his case, the court, in Fairfax, Virginia, heard from Erin Falati, a nurse who treated Amber from August 2014.

Her notes said Amber had admitted a history of substance abuse including an “addiction to cocaine and liquor” and had difficulty dealing with feelings of insecurity and jealousy.

Ms Falati’s notes also said that Amber had been “experiencing increased agitation recently and has had several outbursts of anger and rage”.

Dr Hughes' testimony contradicts previous testimony from Shannon Curry, a forensic psychologist hired by Johnny, who said Amber had not shown signs of PTSD and had displayed signs of two personality disorders.

Dr Hughes disputed that Amber suffered from personality disorders.

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Amber's legal team had applied to have the case dropped – but the motion was denied by judge Penney Azcarate, who said the standard for dismissing a case at this point in the trial was extremely high.

Amber is also expected to take the stand in the trial, which is set to last a total of seven weeks.

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected]

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

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