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Amber Heard has two personality disorders, psychologist says in court

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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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CNN begins mass layoffs

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CNN has begun cutting hundreds of staff from its news operations around the world

CNN is eliminating some 400 positions around the world, equating to about 10% of staff.

The cuts come on top of the August closure of CNN+, which resulted in the departure of more than 200 employees.

Staff waited anxiously for a notification of a video call in which they would be laid off.

HLN will drop all live programming.

Its international quarters has also been impacted, with a loss of programming in London.

It comes after a tumultuous year for its new parent company, following the merger between Discovery and Warner Brothers.

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Lachlan Murdoch to appear in $1.6b lawsuit

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Fox Corp boss Lachlan Murdoch is set to appear for a deposition hearing next week, as the defamation lawsuit against Fox News continues.

Dominion Voting Systems is suing Fox over false claims made in relation to voting machines, alleging they rigged the results of the 2020 election between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Dominion has argued the parent company played a role in Fox hosts in spreading misinformation about voter fraud, and is seeking $1.6 billion in damages.

Fox personalities including Tucker Carlson and Jeanine Pirro have already given evidence.

Requests to dismiss the case have been denied and neither side has shown signs of entering settlement talks.

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Who made your favourites list on Spotify?

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Spotify has been unwrapped, showcasing top songs, artists and albums that have been listened to this year

Spotify users are sharing their most-streamed songs, artists and albums from 2022.

The annual Spotify Unwrapped puts together a list the streaming service’s most popular tracks each year.

Bad Bunny is the first to top Spotify’s most-streamed artist list three years in a row. The Puerto Rican rapper was behind 18.5 billion streams.

Taylor Swift came a close second, followed by Drake, The Weekend and BTS.

Meanwhile, Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ took out the top spot for most popular song.

Joe Rogan’s podcast finished the year on top.

The company likes to put a new spin on its lists, and this year gives users a glimpse into what your stream say about your overall taste.

They’ve worked out 16 listening personality types to best fit including The Replayer, The Specialist, and The Fanclubber.

There are also $40,000 messages of ‘thanks’ from artists for their top listeners.

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