Who is Melissa Saenz? LAPD officer testifies Amber Heard NOT a victim of domestic violence

LAPD officer Melissa Saenz said marks on Amber Heard's face were consistent with her crying and not with being hit by a mobile phone


                            Who is Melissa Saenz? LAPD officer testifies Amber Heard NOT a victim of domestic violence
Amber Heard watches as LAPD officer Melissa Saenz appeared via a pre-taped video deposition on Tuesday, April 26 (Daily Mail)
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Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officer Melissa Saenz appeared via a pre-taped video deposition on Tuesday, April 26 and told the court that marks on Johnny Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard's face were consistent with crying and not with domestic violence. In the video, Saenz admitted that neither she nor her partner took any notes or took any photos of the call to the Depp-Heard home. She also admitted Heard was 'red-eyed,' 'crying,' red faced and not making eye contact when they arrived at Depp's penthouse apartment building in Los Angeles on May 21, 2016.

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Officer Saenz said she 'goes to a lot of domestic violence calls every day' and she had probably 'attended around 100 domestic violence cases' by the time she attended that call at the penthouse. She said she arrived with another officer, Officer Hadden, after Heard's friend had called to say Heard had an argument with her then husband, Depp. The officer told the court that Depp, 58, was not present at the apartment and that Heard 'would give no further information.' When questioned about the redness of Heard's face in photos that were shown to the officer, Saenze replied 'it does not look like an injury caused by a cellphone [mobile phone].'

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On April 26, psychologist Dr Shannon Curry told the court as a part of Depp’s argument that she considered Heard to have Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder. She said that Amber took a psychometric personality test called the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Volume 2 (MMPI2), in which a series of 567 statements are marked true or false. Dr Curry said that it is common for people with these personality disorders to take on 'a victim or princess role', and can make up stories 'get respect and attention that way.' Heard filed a temporary restraining order against Depp in May 2016. 

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Johnny Depp steps outside court during the 8th day of his civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 19, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. Depp is seeking $50 million in alleged damages to his career over an op-ed Heard wrote in the Washington Post in 2018. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Calling Dr Curry’s opinion 'predictable and lazy,' chartered psychologist Dr Jessica Taylor reached out to Deadline to say that the Borderline Personality Disorder label 'has been used knowingly and deliberately weaponised against Amber Heard, just as it is against many women testifying against their male abusers in court.'

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Several images of Depp and Heard, supposedly taken during their marriage and given to the court for review, show the two with various scars. Heard, who filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016 after less than two years of marriage, has claimed that the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star physically abused her and endangered her life. These charges have been categorically rejected by Depp. The six-week trial began on Monday, April 11.

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