Depp is suing Heard for defamation in Fairfax County District Court after she wrote an op-ed in The Washington Post calling herself “a public figure representing domestic violence.” The article does not mention Depp by name, but his lawyers say the article contains “implied defamation” as it explicitly mentions allegations of domestic violence made by Heard when she filed for divorce in 2016.
Depp’s lawyers hired psychologist Shannon Curry. She said she made her diagnosis during a 12-hour interview with Heard, as well as from reviewing her mental health records.
Curry also revealed that Heard does not suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder due to her relationship with Depp, as Heard claimed.
Depp’s team is hoping Curry’s testimony will bolster their view that Heard was the aggressor in the couple’s troubled relationship. Depp had just completed four days as a witness and testified to Heard’s “need for conflict” and her tendency to stalk and stalk him during arguments as he tried to withdraw and distance himself.
According to Curry, the two personality disorders are similar. The borderline is a disease of instability, in her words, “driven by an underlying fear of abandonment.” She said that people with the disorder “will make desperate attempts to prevent it.”
Evidence presented earlier at the trial includes audio clips of Heard pleading with Depp not to leave and stay with her after he expressed a desire to break up or break up.
She also said that borderline personality disorder “seems to be a predictive factor for women who resort to violence against their partner.” Depp said that he was the victim of domestic violence and that Heard beat him several times and threw objects such as paint cans and vodka bottles at him.
According to Curry, hysterical personality disorder is associated with “dramatism and superficiality” and a need to be the center of attention.
She said the disorder is associated with people who are physically attractive and “use their looks to get that attention.”
Under cross-examination, Hurd’s lawyers questioned Curry about possible bias, noting that she had lunch and drinks with Depp and his lawyers at Depp’s home before she was hired. Curry said it was just part of the interview process.
And Hurd’s lawyers drew attention to evidence that Hurd was simultaneously reporting the abuse to her therapist and marriage counselor.
While the libel suit should have focused on whether Depp was slandered in the article, much of the lawsuit focused on the ugly details of the couple’s short-lived marriage. Depp denied ever hitting Heard. Heard’s lawyers say that Depp physically and sexually abused her, and that Depp’s denials are baseless because he was often drunk and stoned to the point of passing out.
Earlier Tuesday, jurors heard evidence from Tara Roberts, who ran Depp’s private island in the Bahamas. She testified that she had never seen Heard with any bruises. Her testimony also opened another window into some of the extravagances of Depp’s lifestyle.
She said she was paid $120,000 to manage the island where Depp drove a John Deere SUV. Four people worked on the island, including Roberts, although Depp was there only a few times a year. One stretch of coastline on the island has been named Brando Beach, after an actor Depp has collaborated with in the past.
Roberts also testified to an incident that occurred when Depp and his family took a last ride on the yacht before it was sold to writer J.K. Rowling. Under cross-examination, Roberts admitted that Depp passed out on his face in the sand and that she had arranged for a helicopter to pick up some of the passengers after the yacht trip became unpleasant.
Previous testimony focused on the activities that took place in Depp’s five penthouses atop the East Columbia Building in Los Angeles.
The latest witness on Tuesday, LAPD officer Melissa Saenz, testified about her visit to the building in May 2016, just days before Heard filed for divorce and showed up at the courthouse to get an injunction with a big mark on face that she says it was because of an argument with Depp that night.
An officer testifying via recorded testimony said she saw Heard crying, but saw no evidence of injury — Depp’s lawyers say Saenz’s testimony is evidence that Heard faked her injury to damage Depp’s reputation.
Saenz could not recall many of the details of her interaction with Heard that night, but she “remembered that the penthouse impressed her how big and beautiful it was.”
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