Amber Heard had been suffering from "histrionic personality disorder", a forensic psychologist told the court as the case brought by her ex husband Johnny Depp continues.
This case is in relation a lawsuit brought by Johnny Depp over and article which was published in the Washington Post in 2018. While it did not name Depp specifically, the article which was written by Heard, claimed that Depp violently and sexually abused her during their marriage.
Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation of character for $50 million, while his ex wife is counter suing Depp for $100 million.
In fact, during his testimony to the court, Johnny Depp has insisted that he was the victim of domestic abuse, adding that the allegations brought against him by Ms Heard has cost him "everything".
Depp told the court, “When the allegations were rapidly circling the globe, telling people that I was a drunken cocaine-fuelled menace who beat women – suddenly in my 50s – it’s over”.
The actor was subsequently told by Disney that he would no longer be starring as Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Carribean franchise, while he was also dropped from the Fantastic Beasts films and replaced in his role as Grindelwald by Mads Mikkelsen.
"histrionic personality disorder"
In the latest episode of this case, forensic psychologist Dr Shannon Curry whilst being questioned by Depp's lawyers said that his ex wife Amber Heard had been sufferring from "histrionic personality disorder".
She added that signs for this condition include "impressionistic speech", which involves "very flowery language...but in the end you're left wondering what was said".
Dr Curry also told the court that Ms Heard had been suffering from several personality disorders, which she states "was supported from multiple sources...One of the main tests I used were consistent with those diagnoses, which was consistent with her records and her self report".
Long List Of Traits
During her testimony, Dr Curry also spoke about a long list of traits that she identified in Heard.
According to Dr Curry, these included, "Minimising any personal externalisation of blame; a lot of hostility that is attempted to be controlled; a tendency to be self righteous but to judge others critically, to claim being non-judgemental but really be full of a lot of rage; a lot of inner anger and blame - which can explode out at times...".
It also included, "passive aggressive behaviour and self indulgent and self-centred behaviour; manipulative; needy and seeking approval; being highly socially sophisticated, with a capacity to reveal some of their own faults but only the smaller ones that are socially acceptable".
"36 code type"
Dr Curry said that Ms Heard was a "36 code type", which she described as being "terrified of abandonment". The psychologist stated that such behavours are "typically very extreme and very concerning to those around them".
This type reportedly contains traits like "a lot of cruelty, very concerned with their image, very attention seeking and prone to externalising blame to a point where it's unclear whether they can admit to themselves they have certain responsibilities, a lot of suppressed anger which can explode out and issues within their relationships".
Dr Curry also said that the "the explosive anger they show" can also cause the abandoment that they feel.
Elsewhere, Bahamas Estate manager Tara Roberts was asked about text messages which were exchanged between Johnny Depp and actor Paul Bettany during Bettany's visit to the island in 2013.
The texts sent between the pair show them talking about "drowning and burning" Heard. While conceding that he was ashamed over the language used, Johnny Depp claimed that they were not supposed to be taken literally.
Heard's lawyer Elaine Bredehoft also recalled an incident which saw Johnny Depp pass out face first in sand in front of his son Jack. While she did agree that this did occur, Tara Roberts said that Jack did not speak to her about it and therefore did not know if he was upset or not.
Paul Bettany, James Franco and new Twitter owner Elon Musk are expected to give evidence at this hearing over the coming weeks.
The trial continues.