A Los Angeles police officer who was called to Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s penthouse after a fight testified that she did not identify the actress as a victim of domestic violence at the time.
Officer Melissa Saenz appeared via a pre-taped video deposition on Tuesday. She was asked about the visit to the penthouse apartment that Depp and Heard shared on May 21, 2016.
Under questioning from Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft, Saenz said, ‘I did not identify her as a victim of domestic violence,’ adding that she did not see any evidence of a crime, including broken glass or mess in the penthouse.
It was the last argument between Depp and Heard before she filed for a divorce and a restraining order, which she did a week later.
In request for the restraining order, Heard claimed that Depp hit her with a cell phone during that encounter, leaving her with a bruise on the right side of her face.
In the court file, Heard included an image of the bruise.
Officer Melissa Saenz appeared via a pre-taped video deposition on Tuesday. She was asked about the visit to the penthouse apartment that Depp and Heard shared on May 21, 2016
These photos were shown in court from May 2016 of Amber Heard with an apparently bruised cheek. Saenz said, ‘I did not identify her as a victim of domestic violence,’ adding that she did not see any evidence of a crime, including broken glass or mess in the penthouse
In request for the restraining order, Heard claimed that Depp hit her with a cell phone during that encounter, leaving her with a bruise on the right side of her face
Bredehoft showed the photo photo of Amber’s face to Saenz and asked ,’Do you perceive there to be an injury or evidence of injury on amber’s face in this photo?’
Saenz responded, ‘No I do not.’
Bredehoft asked, ‘What is your perception of the redness on the cheek and the eyelid and above the eyebrow?’
Saenz responded, ‘Its consistent with her crying – she’s fair skin, her face is flushed.’
Bredehoft asked, ‘You don’t think it’s consistent with a cell phone being thrown at her?’
Saenz responded, ‘Correct, it does not look like an injury caused from a cell phone. It’s consistent with someone crying.’
Bredehoft asked, ‘If you saw any signs of injury on Amber Heard or even just damage to the property, would you have been duty bound to make a report?’
Bredehoft asked, ‘Now, your recollection is that there was damage to the flat, you searched the entire flat and there was no damage, no broken glass, or anything out of the ordinary, would you agree?’
Bredehoft asked, ‘When you got back to the elevator is there anything you remember thinking?’
Saenz responded, ‘I remember being impressed by the penthouse, how big and beautiful it was yes.’
Bredehoft asked, ‘When you got back to the elevator is there anything you remember thinking?’ Saenz responded, ‘I remember being impressed by the penthouse, how big and beautiful it was, yes.’ Depp’s penthouse building in LA is pictured
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million over a piece she wrote in the Washington Post in which she described how she had been a victim of domestic abuse
Her testimony followed expert witness Dr. Shannon Curry to the stand. The clinical and forensic psychologist told the court she concluded Heard had traits consistent with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD) – two conditions found in people with patterns of emotional instability and attention-seeking behavior.
Dr. Curry testified that she was initially hired by Depp’s lawyers early last year to review files in the legal battle between the two feuding exes and identify behavior in their relationship that may be consistent with ‘intimate partner violence’.
The psychology expert, however, revealed her role would shift several months later in October, when she was asked to provide a psychological evaluation of Heard, 36.
‘The results of Ms. Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and Histrionic Personality Disorder (HPD),’ Curry told the court.
She concluded that Heard ‘grossly exaggerated’ her post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after her relationship with Depp and said that in the actress’s eyes, the actor went from being ‘idealized to the dumpster.’
Dr. Curry noted that Heard’s BPD was marked by an ‘underlying terror of abandonment’ and somebody with the condition tends to make ‘desperate attempts’ to stop it from happening.
These could be ‘very extreme behaviors’, she said.
Curry added that as a result of these disorders, somebody like Heard could appear charming at the start of a friendship or relationship but could then turn dark easily.
Clinical and forensic psychologist Dr. Shannon Curry (left) described her medical evaluation Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s relationship as she took the stand in the defamation trial Tuesday
The psychology expert revealed she was asked to conduct an evaluation of Heard, who she concluded suffers from Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder
‘You’ll see relationships start very intensely, extremely close,’ she said.
‘This might be their perfect soulmate and initially everything seems great but reality sets in, people are not perfect.
‘Most of us accept people as a whole, [but] with a person with BPD, things are in these extremes, that person goes from being idealized to dumpster, they are totally devalued, they’re the worst….then there will be a repair because the person with this disorder does feel remorse.’
Somebody with BPD is usually ‘very, very interested in looks and utilizes their looks to get the respect they’re looking for,’ she added.
Heard, who wore a cream-colored blazer and styled her hair in a crown braid, sat quietly alongside her legal team and at times was seen jotting down notes as the psychologist testified.
She did not look up as the doctor confirmed her diagnoses but at one point appeared visibly uncomfortable as the expert described the characteristics of such disorders.
According to her diagnosis, Heard was a ‘sophisticated’ and ‘calculated’ case of BPD, somebody who would ‘tend to hit you where it hurts a bit more’ and be ‘very, very destructive.’
Dr. Curry also explained that people with BPD have identity issues and tend to change their interests and values constantly.