Amber Heard is asking the court to force Johnny Depp to undergo a mental health examination to question his current mental state, but Depp claims she is victim-blaming him.
According to legal documents, obtained by The Blast, Amber is asking that a mental health professional be allowed to conduct an "Independent Mental Evaluation" or IME on Johnny Depp.
Depp's lawyers have filed documents in the case, arguing it is an intrusion of privacy, and that his current mental state has little bearing on what may or may not have happened years ago between the couple.
"This is a defamation case in which Mr. Depp does not allege that he suffers from any mental disorder or condition. Thus, Mr. Depp's mental condition is not "in controversy" nor does good cause exist under the rule for an IME of Mr. Depp," Depp's lawyers say.
In the documents, Depp's attorney says, "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.
They continued, "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."