Dr Shannon Curry alleges Amber Heard’s psychologist results were ‘twisted’
The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard libel case is now in its sixth and final week. Johnny Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million, while Amber Heard is counter-suing for $100 million. Depp and Heard were married from 2015 to 2016 after meeting on the set of The rum journal in 2009.
The defamation case saw Depp and Heard speak out. During the May 25 proceedings, Johnny Depp’s forensic psychologist, Dr. Shannon Curry, alleged that Amber Heard’s forensic psychologist, Dr. Dawn Hughes, ‘misrepresented’ the tests and results. used in its assessment.
Who is Dr. Shannon Curry?
Dr. Shannon Curry is a clinical and forensic psychologist testifying in the Depp v Heard case. Dr. Curry has a counseling center based in Orange County, California, and is licensed in California and Hawaii.
She has 15 years of experience conducting psychological assessments, therapy and research, according to the Curry Psychology Group website.
Dr Curry assessed Heard’s mental health after being contacted by Depp’s legal team in 2021.
Dr Curry alleges Heard psychologist’s tests and results ‘misrepresented’
Dr. Dawn Hughes tested Heard and diagnosed him with PTSD in 2019. Dr. Hughes shared his expertise with the court in early May.
On May 25, Dr. Shannon Curry, Depp’s forensic psychologist, alleged Dr Dawn Hughes has “misrepresented” the results of Dr Curry’s assessment.
Dr. Curry also said psychologists are ethically asked to limit their reports to data found and not to include personal or private information that could compromise the dignity of any of the parties involved.
As reported by Fox News, she claimed that Dr. Hughes included some of Heard’s abuse allegations when describing Depp, which she did not review. Dr Curry said she believed Dr Hughes had used the words ‘obsessively jealous’ repeatedly, saying these things could not be detected based on tests and psychological assessment.
Dr. Curry also claimed on May 25 that Heard had “exaggerated” the symptoms of PTSD and said she disagreed that Heard had PTSD.
Dr. Curry accuses Amber Heard of ‘defensiveness’
As well as claiming that Dr Hughes misrepresented the tests and results performed on Amber Heard, Dr Curry alleged that Heard ‘exaggerated’ PTSD symptoms and ‘got defensive’ during the tests.
According to FOX News, Dr. Curry said: “She administered the Personality Rating Inventory…it includes several scales that are very good at detecting exaggeration, minimization or even trying to pretend you have qualities. unusually good. During this test, there were clear indicators that Ms. Heard was defensive.
Dr Curry said she found Ms Heard’s approach to different tests ‘interesting’. She added: “It seems to be influenced by what we call the face validity of the test questions. So if the test appears to be measuring PTSD, you’re seeing an exaggeration on its validity scales.
“If the test has seemingly less valid questions, for example the personality assessment that Dr Hughes administered where she can’t quite understand what the questions are asking…on those, you see an extreme defensive…essentially posing as perfect and free of any mental illness or personality disorder.
Johnny Depp is suing Amber Heard for defamation over an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018. Heard is suing Depp. The case is set to continue.
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