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Psychologi­st testifies that Heard has personalit­y disorders

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A psychologi­st hired by lawyers for Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp testified on Tuesday at his defamation case against his former wife Amber Heard that she suffers from twin personalit­y disorders.

Shannon Curry, a clinical and forensic psychologi­st, said she had examined Heard’s mental health records and personally evaluated her for 12 hours over two days in December 2021.

Curry said it was her opinion that the 36-year-old actress, who had a starring role in the movie Aquaman, has borderline personalit­y disorder and histrionic personalit­y disorder.

“She obtained scores that were consistent with those diagnoses,” Curry said.

Lawyers for Heard sought to discredit Curry’s testimony during cross-examinatio­n, noting she had been hired by Depp’s attorneys to testify on his behalf.

“If you did not find something that would be in favour of Mr Depp and negative to Miss Heard than you wouldn’t be an expert in this case?” Elaine Bredehoft, an attorney for Heard, asked Curry.

“I present science regardless of what that science may be,” Curry responded.

Curry said some of the primary characteri­stics of borderline personalit­y disorder include a “lot of inner anger and hostility,” a tendency to be “self-righteous” and “fluctuatin­g moods.”

“They can react violently, they can react physically,” she said. “Oftentimes they will be abusive to their partners.” “It’s almost play-acting,” she said. Curry, who has experience with US combat veterans, said it was her opinion that Heard did not suffer from posttrauma­tic stress disorder (PTSD) as the result of alleged domestic abuse. Heard had “grossly exaggerate­d” her symptoms of PTSD in a test she was given, she said. AFP

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