05/12/2022 - Online Profile of Expert in Amber Heard Case Covered in Bad Reviews During Trial

The WebMD profile for Forensic psychologist and 1st Defense Witness for Amber Heard Was Sabotaged With Bad Reviews During The Trial

According to NBC news a WebMD profile of Amber Heard's Expert Witness, Dawn Hughes was covered in negative reviews during the trial. The reviews have since been removed. WebMD is a popular directory of nationwide doctors.

Prevalent in a raft of the reviews, commentators accused Hughes of being biased against males in cases of domestic abuse, describing her as unprofessional and sexist.
"bad energy, vicious and hates men. ... this review was created by a woman," one review read.
A majority of review writers appeared to take offense with Hughes' use of female pronouns when she described victims of abuse, noting that men can also be victims of intimate partner violence.

"Doesn't believe men can be victims of abuse," one review stated. "Extreme biased. Guess she'll discredit victims just for money."

Some reviews included a derogatory and profane term used to be little women. There were no reviews on the profile before Tuesday, and a cached version saved from March showed no reviews for the web page.

Amber Heard is being sued by her former husband in a defamation suit. Dawn Hughes, who was called to the stand by Heard's legal team, testified that she diagnosed Heard with post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of what she described as intimate partner violence experienced during her relationship with Depp. She also stated that she rarely performs expert witness work.

Hughes said. "Looking at the coercive control, the obsessive jealousy, the possessiveness, the sexual violence, the choking behavior, the threats to kill, those are all, as I stated, very significant and often found in cases of lethal domestic violence."

Depp is suing Heard for $50 million in damages over a 2018 essay she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she said she had become the “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although the essay never mentions Depp by name, his attorneys said it indirectly refers to allegations she made against him during their 2016 divorce. Heard is counter suing Depp seeking $100 million in damages.

Amber Heard filed for a protective order against Depp in 2016, alleging he threw a phone at her, leaving her bruised. She wrote in a sworn declaration to the court that she was living “in fear that Johnny will return to their house unannounced to terrorize me, physically and emotionally.”

Depp has denied the allegations of abuse, telling the court over four days of testimony that he had never “struck a woman in my life.” He characterized his former wife as having a "need for conflict," instigating fights and physical violence, in the course of their relationship.