Johnny Depp fans flooded with negative reviews of a psychotherapist after he testified on behalf of Amber Heard in the couple’s defamation lawsuit.
David Spiegel took the stand of witness on Monday and testified hard on Mr. Depp’s mental state, saying that he has “behaviors that are consistent with both someone having a substance-use disorder as well as someone who has a substance-use disorder.” is the behavior of someone who is perpetrator of intimate-partner violence”.
Soon after, a stream of negative reviews erupted on Dr. Spiegel’s page on the medical website WebMD. Several one-star reviews directly mentioned the test, with one stating that “Dr. Spiegel’s performance needs attention today! He looks and sounds like he’s the one who needs psychiatric help”.
Another reviewer said that the psychotherapist “called my boyfriend Johnny a stupid pirate”.
His Google page also faced scathing reviews regarding the test, with reviewers saying he was a “terrible doctor”, that he was “too arrogant and looked like he was having some sort of problem” and He “should” be avoided all the time because he’s been unprofessional”. Another said his “vibe” was “creepy.”
Most of the reviews on his Google page were later taken down.
On WebMD, some reviewers defended Mr. Spiegel.
“These not all one star reviews pertain to patient care,” said one person. “They are the opinions of the audience watching Johnny Depp’s trial. Maybe there’s some other place to vent their frustrations.”
The Independent has reached out to Dr. Spiegel for comment.
In his testimony on Monday, Dr. Spiegel admitted that he did not interview Mr. Depp directly, as his two requests to do so were denied by the actor’s lawyers.
Instead, he concluded after reviewing Mr. Depp’s statements and other materials in the case, saying he saw many signs of harm from the excessive use of drugs and alcohol.
When asked whether he believed that Mr. Depp’s substance abuse affected his ability to perform as an actor, Dr. Spiegel said that he knew Mr. Depp that he had written the lines. He used an earpiece for the film and said that he “completely ruined” a film.
He said he believes Mr Depp has a low “thinking rate” and impairs his attention and memory, noting that drugs and alcohol “will make us disengaged and make us act in many different ways.” shall”, including “intimate partner violence”. ,
“We all get annoyed with people … but when our brain is working properly, we don’t act on it,” he said.
“When we have the effects of alcohol, we have prohibition… so we can no longer explain what’s in front of you, what’s right and what’s wrong, what we should do and what we shouldn’t. Needed.”
Mr Spiegel described substance abuse as “playing with fire” along with intimate partner violence.
In a tense cross-examination, Dr. Spiegel and Mr. Depp’s lawyer called on the American Psychiatric Association’s Goldwater Rule, which states that psychiatrists should not give professional opinions about public figures they have not personally examined.
British supermodel Kate Moss may on Wednesday provide evidence against ex-wife Amber Heard in Johnny Depp’s defamation case, sources say.
Depp’s lawyers are reportedly expecting testimony from Moss, 48, who dated the actor in the 1990s, will pour ice cold water on Heard’s courtroom suggestion that he is a domestic abuser.
His legal team was seen celebrating when Heard, 36, mentioned Moss in testimony as he described hearing a rumor that Mr. Depp had pushed the model down a flight of stairs.
A source close to Depp said Moss is due to appear via videolink.
She believes she will say that she “held and cared for him after climbing stairs in flip flops during a vacation in Jamaica”.
Earlier on Tuesday, Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court was told that Hurd was “at the beginning of a meteoric rise” before negative press due to allegedly derogatory comments by Depp’s legal team.
Entertainment industry expert Katherine Arnold said she believes the actress lost up to $50 million after claims of abuse by her former partner were dubbed a “hoax” by Adam Waldman in 2020.
Testifying in the final days of the six-week defamation case, Ms Arnold said Depp’s multiple public lawsuits and “irregular behavior” contributed to the decline in her career prior to the publication of Heard’s article, which was the subject of a libel trial. Is.
The piece had “zero” effect on his reputation or damage.
Ms Arnold said: “Amber’s career has been too long for someone who is still too young … she’s had a career as an acting actor.
“Her career was following a very nice steady rise and was at the beginning of a meteoric rise with Aquaman and Aquaman 2, before the (outrageous) statements.”
She said the resulting backlash online had “made it difficult for (brands) to work with Amber on any level because negativity was brought into their product or service or film” and that the campaign was ongoing.
“It’s been so negative in the public, in the industry they love her work but they can’t work with her right now because every time her name is taken, the negativity flares up again.”
Ms Arnold said despite questions about Heard not being hired for Aquaman 2, the film’s director James Wan and star Jason Momoa remained “committed” to the actress.
He said Heard was “comparable” to actors including Momoa, Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot and Zendaya, all of whom have secured lucrative contracts with brands and other film and television.
The final arguments in the matter are expected on Friday.
Juries have previously heard multiple charges of both physical and sexual abuse against Depp, including testimony provided by people including Heard’s sister Whitney, friend Raquel Pennington and another former partner, Ellen Barkin.
In a video statement played in court last week, Ms Barkin claimed Depp was controlling during their short relationship.
Several famous faces appeared on the early witnesses list for the trial, including Tesla founder Elon Musk and actors Paul Bettany and James Franco, though none have been called.
The defamation lawsuit between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard is now in its sixth and final week at the courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Depp’s lawsuit claims that Ms. Heard defamed him in an op-ed published in The Washington Post in December 2018 entitled “I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the wrath of our culture. have to change”.
In her op-ed, Ms. Heard wrote that “Like many women, I was harassed and sexually harassed by the time I was of college age. But I remained silent – filing complaints to get me justice.” I didn’t expect to do it. And I didn’t see myself as a victim”.
“Then two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I realized that the wrath of our culture is in full force for women who speak out,” she added at the time.
Although Mr. Depp is not named in the piece, his legal team argues that there is a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “clearly and clearly false”. Mr Depp is seeking damages of “not less than $50m”.
Ms Heard has filed a $100m counterclaim against Mr Depp for nuisance and immunity from his charges.