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Amber Heard has two personality disorders, psychologist says in court



Forensic psychologist reveals Amber Heard’s personality disorder diagnoses, as the defamation case with Johnny Depp continues in the courts of Virginia

Johnny Depp’s witness, Shannon Curry says she diagnosed Amber Heard with borderline personality disorder and histrionic personality disorder after multiple psychological assessments and 12 hours of interviews with Heard.

Curry is a licensed clinical psychologist who was hired by Depp’s team in 2021.

Curry says people with borderline personality disorders can often “explode and react” over things they might read into and exaggerate in their minds to be an offence.

She also says people with this disorder are “driven by an underlying fear of abandonment” and will go to desperate measures to prevent that from happening.

Forensic and Clinical Psychologist, Shannon Curry says people with personality disorder have trends of aggression and irritability, Picture: AP.

Curry calls borderline personality disorder a “predictive factor for women who implement violence against their partner”.

Depp’s councils’ hopes this will support their claim that Heard was the perpetrator of violence in the relationship, not Depp.

While calling borderline personality a disease of instability, Curry says histrionic personality is “two sides of a same coin”.

She claims people with histrionic personality tend to victimise themselves or make up stories to be the centre of attention.

In a cross-examination of Curry’s claims, Heard’s council questioned her on having dinner and drinks with Depp and his legal team before being hired but Curry says she was being interviewed.

Heard has previously said she suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) which Curry also denies, saying Heard exaggerated PTSD claims.

The libel lawsuit is set to continue in the courts of Virginia where Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for an article she wrote in Washington Post claiming to be a victim of domestic abuse.

The actor denies the allegations, while Heard is counter-suing for $100 million.

Rijul Baath contributed to this report

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Hollywood set for transformation with new WGA contract



We know what our words are worth at Netflix on 9/20. Photo: J.W. Hendricks

A recently ratified Writers Guild of America (WGA) contract is poised to revolutionise the landscape of Hollywood.

This monumental agreement brings forth fundamental alterations in the way the entertainment industry operates. In a nutshell, the contract redefines compensation structures, solidifying fair pay for writers and creators across various platforms.

One notable change is the integration of more equitable profit-sharing mechanisms, guaranteeing writers a more significant slice of the proverbial pie. Additionally, the contract underscores the importance of proper crediting and recognition for writers, ensuring their vital contributions are acknowledged and duly compensated.

Artificial intelligence was of course another major point of discussion with agreements outlined below stating:

“We have established regulations for the use of artificial intelligence (“AI”) on MBA-covered projects in the following ways:

  • AI can’t write or rewrite literary material, and AI-generated material will not be considered source material under the MBA, meaning that AI-generated material can’t be used to undermine a writer’s credit or separated rights. 
  • A writer can choose to use AI when performing writing services, if the company consents and provided that the writer follows applicable company policies, but the company can’t require the writer to use AI software (e.g., ChatGPT) when performing writing services. 
  • The Company must disclose to the writer if any materials given to the writer have been generated by AI or incorporate AI-generated material.
  • The WGA reserves the right to assert that exploitation of writers’ material to train AI is prohibited by MBA or other law.”

The WGA contract also takes steps to address issues of diversity and inclusion within the industry, fostering an environment that welcomes voices from all backgrounds and experiences. This shift towards a more inclusive landscape is seen as a crucial step towards rectifying historical disparities within the entertainment realm.

See a summary of the entire campaign here

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Deepfakes are taking over Hollywood



Deepfakes are the online phenomenon changing the way in which we consume and trust social media

Have you ever scrolled through social media and found a celebrity selling something a bit left of centre?

Chances are you have fallen victim to a deepfake.

These images and videos are a type of artificial intelligence, which promises to create doctored videos, which are almost impossible to tell apart from the real thing.

They have typically been used in pornographic clips and for celebrity endorsements.

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Prince Harry involved in ‘near catastrophic’ car chase



Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death

Prince Harry, his wife Meghan and her mother were involved in a “near catastrophic car chase” involving paparazzi photographers in New York.

The incident took place after they left the Ms. Foundation for Women, where Meghan was honoured for her work.

“This relentless pursuit, lasting over two hours, resulted in multiple near collisions involving other drivers on the road, pedestrians and two NYPD (New York Police Department) officers,” said Prince Harry’s spokesperson.

The chase involved paparazzi driving on the sidewalk, running red lights and driving while taking pictures.

“I thought that was a bit reckless and irresponsible,” New York Mayor Eric Adams said.

Harry has long spoken out about his anger over press intrusion, which he blames for his mother’s death.

Princess Diana was killed when her limousine crashed as it sped away from chasing paparazzi in Paris in 1997.

Harry and Meghan stepped down from their royal duties in 2020, partly over what they described as intense media harassment.

Harry is currently involved in numerous court cases in London where he has accused papers of using unlawful methods to target him and his family.

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