Psychiatrist Talks Backlash Against Johnny Depp Amber Heard Trial

A psychiatrist shares his experience as an expert witness in the libel lawsuit against Johnny Depp-Amber Heard.  (Photo: JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP)

A psychiatrist shares his experience as an expert witness in the libel lawsuit against Johnny Depp-Amber Heard. (Photo: JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP)

An expert witness in the libel trial of Amber Heard by her ex-husband Johnny Depp speaks out about the backlash he received as a result of testifying.

dr. David R. Spiegel, a psychiatrist who testified that the… pirates of the caribbean star exhibited “narcissistic qualities” on the stand, wrote an essay for news week in which he spoke of the “stunning” personal attacks that followed his testimony. He shared that not only did his email receive “bad” comments on YouTube videos of his testimonial and “four or five charming editorials” of his work, but also that his WebMD page was inundated with negative comments.

“I’m an adult, it’s not the first time I’ve been criticized, but never like this,” he wrote. “On that Monday and Tuesday I had what I would describe as an emotional concussion. It wasn’t physical, it wasn’t hitting me on the head, it was emotional because the feedback afterwards left me a little bit numb and dazed.”

Spiegel, who is currently the subject of a petition to have him removed from psychiatric organizations for what the authors claim is unethical behavior in the gallery, also called out Depp and Heard for not communicating with their supporters about these types of posts. spoke .

“If I had groupies and I saw them attacking and harassing someone they don’t know, I would have said what I said at trial; that there are ways to express dissatisfaction, and then there are also ways not to,” he noted. “I think when Mr. Depp first noticed this behavior from his fans, he should have redirected their emotions. While I still feel that this intervention would be welcome, his fans may be ‘disarmed’ by the verdict in his But since the verdict, I have received a derogatory mail to my professional address and a rude phone call that has been handled by my staff.”

Depp filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard after her 2018 op-ed The Washington Post titled: “I spoke out against sexual assault – and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.” Although Heard didn’t mention Depp by name, the former couple’s public separation pointed to Depp as the subject Sweeney Todd star claimed the article cost him acting.

In the end, the jury agreed that Depp was vilified in the piece and was awarded $15 million. That includes $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages. (Since the punitive damages in Virginia are up to $350,000, the judge reduced the amount to $10.35 million in total.)

In a statement posted on Instagram after the verdict, he said: “False, very serious and criminal charges were made against me through the media, leading to an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice in a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later the jury gave me my life back. I am really humiliated.”

Heard also won $2 million in compensatory damages. In her own statement, she shared that she was “heartbroken” by the results of the trial.

“It’s a setback,” said the… Aquarius actress, who plans to appeal the decision. “It sets the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke out and spoke out could be publicly shamed and humiliated. It sets back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously.”

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