Amber Heard was diagnosed with histrionic personality disorder and borderline personality disorder, according to a forensic clinical psychologist who assessed her in court on Tuesday.
According to Shannon Curry, a psychologist, Heard’s results on professional psychological exams were correlated with those who were “full of rage” and “socially sophisticated”.
These people might have that anger kind of explode out at times, they tend to be very passive-aggressive. They may be self-indulgent, very self-centered. They could use manipulation tactics to try to get their needs met. They’re very needy of attention, acceptance, approval.
Lawyers for Johnny Depp say ‘He didn’t Get a Fair Trial’ who is suing Heard, he brought Curry to the stand. He claims Heard defamed him in 2018 when she represented herself as a victim of domestic abuse, a claim Depp rejects. His complaint also claims that Heard physically and verbally assaulted him from the beginning of their relationship until their divorce in 2016. Heard has filed a countersuit in response to her claims. Yesterday, Johnny Depp concluded his evidence in his $50 million defamation trial against Amber Heard.
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Prior to the trial, Heard had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a separate doctor, which she blamed on her connection with Depp. Depp’s attorneys convinced the judge supervising the case to allow them to retain Curry for a separate exam after Heard revealed the evaluation in court records.
Curry assessed Heard for 12 hours over two days in December and studied past therapy records, tapes, and other data submitted by her lawyers., she said. Curry said Heard “did not have PTSD” and appeared to be “grossly exaggerating” symptoms.
“She initially said, ‘Yes, I have 19 of the 20 symptoms.’ That’s not usual, even for someone with the most severe kind of PTSD,” Curry testified on the stand in the Fairfax, Virginia, courthouse where the trial is being held. “When we eventually sort of dialed it down, there were three remaining symptoms.”
She diagnosed Heard with a variety of mental illnesses. ‘
The results of Ms. Heard’s evaluation supported two diagnoses: borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder.
Curry stated that the examinations included an examination of Heard’s home life, and her connection with her family — which Heard has stated includes abuse — school life, friends, employment history, and other personal interactions. The Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, often known as the MMPI-2, was one of the tests she used to identify personality disorders.
Curry stated that after the test, she wrote a 25-page interpretation. She came to the conclusion that Heard had “a very sophisticated way of minimizing any personal problems,” while also displaying “a lot of inner hostility” and externalizing blame.
“When somebody is afraid of being abandoned by their partner or by anybody else in their environment, and they have this disorder, they’ll make desperate attempts to prevent that from happening,” said Curry. “And those desperate attempts could be physical aggression.”
She went on to say that borderline personality disorder was “a predictive factor for women who implement violence against their partner.”
If their partner wants to get space from all of this intense emotion, oftentimes, they will be abusive to their partners in these situations, Sometimes, they’ll physically restrain them from leaving and become injured that way.
Curry’s judgment is similar to that of Laurel Anderson, a therapist who monitored Depp and Heard’s marriage counseling sessions. Earlier in the trial, Anderson stated that Heard dominated talks and had terrible listening skills.
Anderson said that Depp’s relationship with Heard resulted in “mutual abuse” between the pair. Anderson went on to say that Heard instructed her that if she was scared Depp would leave her, she could “escalate” disagreements to violence. Other witnesses claimed to have seen Heard aggressively clutch to Depp when he attempted to walk away following an altercation.
Curry stated on Tuesday.
You’re going to see a lot of this escalation in the bizarre behavior. They can react violently. They can react aggressively. They will often physically prevent their partner from trying to leave.
Tara Roberts, the estate manager of Depp’s Bahamas property, also testified remotely in court. She informed Depp’s legal team that she saw the pair arguing on the island and overheard Heard telling Depp: “You’re a washed-up actor… You’ll die a fat, lonely old man.”
According to her, Depp accused Heard of “hitting with a can” and that he had “bruising on the bridge of his nose”.
During the argument, Ms Roberts stated that she could see Heard “clawing, grabbing at [Depp’s] clothes… trying to viciously pull him back”, while Depp “didn’t react” and “stood there with his arms by his side” not doing anything.
She said she took Depp away from the scene to a café on the island, where she applied an ice pack to his nose and he “slept for the rest of the morning”.
Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million (£38.2 million) for an opinion article she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 that his attorneys claim falsely claims he assaulted her physically and sexually.
Heard has filed a counterclaim for $100 million (£76.4 million).
The former couple began dating after meeting on the production of the 2011 film The Rum Diary and married in February 2015 in Los Angeles.
Ms. Heard’s Washington Post piece did not mention Depp by name, although it was titled: “I spoke up against sexual violence – and faced our culture’s wrath.”
The trial is set to run six weeks in Fairfax County, Virginia. Despite these, you’ll soon see Depp on screens as Netflix and Johnny Depp Are Discussing Future Projects.