Amber Heard has official requested ex-husband Johnny Depp submit to a mental health assessment, according to new court documents.
Legal docs obtained by The Blast indicate the world’s third most beautiful woman is asking that a mental health professional be allowed to run an Independent Mental Evaluation — or IME — on the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor. Heard believes Johnny’s alleged drug, alcohol and prescription med usage contributed to his alleged abuse.
“Johnny’s relationship with reality oscillates, depending upon his interaction with alcohol and drugs,” reads the court doc. “As Johnny’s paranoia, delusions and aggression increased throughout our relationship, so has my awareness of his continued substance abuse.”
Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit in Virginia last year after Heard – his wife for just over a year until they separated in May 2016 – penned a Washington Post op-ed about her experience as a victim of domestic violence. While Depp was not named in the piece, he insisted it was strongly inferred he was the perpetrator. Heard responded by detailing the “horrific” abuse she allegedly suffered at his hands.
Johnny’s attorney responded to the IME request saying it makes no sense to run a test today when the couple’s past is what is in question.
“This is a defamation case in which Mr. Depp does not allege that he suffers from any mental disorder or condition,” his lawyer responded. “Thus, Mr. Depp’s mental condition is not ‘in controversy’ nor does good cause exist under the rule for an IME of Mr. Depp.
“It is preposterous notion that an IME now would shed light on Mr. Depp’s mental state at the time of Ms. Heard’s abuse hoax back in 2016. Ms. Heard’s effort treads a well-worn path of victim blaming using the pretext of mental health. By Ms. Heard’s tortured credibility logic, current IME’s would also be warranted for all the dozens of eyewitnesses who have attested to the various facets of the hoaxes they witnessed years ago.”