mber Heard suffers from borderline personality disorder, a forensic psychologst has testified during the high-profile court case.
Psychologist, Dr Shannon Curry, was hired by Johnny Depp’s legal team and said Heard, 36, also suffers from histrionic personality disorder during the civil lawsuit hearing.
The two personality disorders are similar, Dr Curry said. Borderline personality is a disease of instability, she added “driven by an underlying fear of abandonment”.
She said people with the disorder “will make desperate attempts to prevent that from happening” and reached the diagnosis during 12 hours of interviews with Heard, as well as from reviewing her mental-health records.
The psychologist said borderline personality disorder “seems to be a predictive factor for women who implement violence against their partner.”
Histrionic personality disorder, Dr Curry said, is associated with “drama and shallowness,” and a need to be the centre of attention.
The psychologist, claimed there’s a correlation in the disorder with people who are physically attractive and “utilize their looks to get that attention.”
Dr Curry also testified that Heard does not suffer post-traumatic stress disorder from her relationship with Depp, as Heard has claimed.
Depp, 58, who has concluded four days on the witness stand, said the Acquaman star has a “need for conflict” and tended to persue him when he attempted to disengage from their confrontations.
Depp, also claims he has been the victim of domestic violence and was hit on multiple occasions during their two-year marriage. Ms Curry will be cross-examined by Heard’s legal team on Tuesday.
The Pirates of the Carribean actor is suing his former wife over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed piece on domestic abuse, and insists he was never violent during their marriage.
Heard, who is fighting the $50 million libel claim, has countersued for $100 million over Depp’s allegations that she has invented the abuse.
He claims the op-ed derailed his career, but Heard’s legal team introduced news articles from the years before 2018 to suggest Depp’s career was already on the rocks.
Dr Curry was expected to be cross-examined later on Tuesday.