Amber Heard displays signs of a personality disorder which involves “extreme effort to be the centre of attention,” a forensic psychologist has said.
Shannon Curry said the actress suffered from borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder, which can involve “manipulation tactics to try and get their needs met.”
Dr Curry also said Ms Heard had not suffered from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as the actress has claimed, from her relationship with Johnny Depp.
Mr Depp is suing his former partner for libel over a 2018 article she wrote in The Washington Post, which his lawyers say falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her.
Giving evidence at the trial on Tuesday, Dr Curry discussed her observations from clinical interviews she had conducted with Ms Heard, and said they were consistent with the disorders.
“(There is) a tendency to be very self-righteous but to also deny that self-righteousness and to judge others critically against these high standards
“They could use manipulation tactics to try and get their needs met, very needy of attention, approval, acceptance.
“They tend to distance people who are close to them. Initially they may seem very charming. They’re very socially sophisticated actually.”
Dr Curry added that the instability of a borderline personality disorder can be driven by a “terror of abandonment”.