A psychologist hired by Johnny Depp’s legal team to evaluate Amber Heard had a strange conversation about muffins with the latter actor’s lawyer in court on Tuesday.
Dr. Shannon Curry indicated that she wanted to “stop talking about muffins” after Ms. Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, asked her about whether her husband bought baked goods for Ms. Heard.
The defamation trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, following Mr. Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019. Mr. Depp argues that she defamed him in a December 2018 opinion piece published in washington post titled “I spoke out against sexual violence — and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
Dr. Curry took the stand Tuesday, saying she met with Ms. Heard on “two separate dates” while she was conducting her evaluation: December 10 and 17, 2021. She said they spent 12 hours together and that “the Ms. Heard’s evaluation result supported two diagnoses: Borderline Personality Disorder and Histrionic Personality Disorder.”
Attorney Elaine Bredehoft suggested that Dr. Curry was “so excited” to be involved in the case that she told her husband that she was going to evaluate Ms. Heard despite the “highly confidential” nature of the case.
“That’s not accurate,” Dr. Curry said.
Ms. Bredehoft again said that Dr. Curry had told her husband that she would meet with Ms. Heard, a claim that Dr. Curry rejected.
“You said you brought muffins from your husband, and you gave them to Mrs. Heard, correct?” Mrs. Bredehoft asked.
“Can I clarify what happened so we can stop talking about the cupcakes?” Dr. Curry said. “What happened was I was getting ready that morning, I frequently bring muffins to the office.
“My husband knew a celebrity client was coming because the morning that happens, which often happens, we have to clear the office and move staff to the other office.”
“So yes, on the one hand, he was aware of that. He was preparing me, I asked him to go to the bakery near our house and pick up my muffins because he was late; he often has to do that because I’m often late,” Dr. Curry said.
“He brought the cupcakes home, I brought them to the office, Mrs. Heard and I enjoyed the cupcakes together.”
“I think I made a comment to him like ‘my husband bought us these today,’ which means he bought the muffins that we are now enjoying because of him,” she added.
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“Why did your husband buy muffins for Amber Heard?” Mrs. Bredehoft then asked Dr. Curry.
“He didn’t get the muffins for Amber Heard,” she said with a smile.
“He knew you had a high-profile client and you were preparing for a long time and you asked him to pick up the muffins, correct?” Mrs. Bredehoft asked.
“I asked him to pick up the muffins for me, yes,” said Dr. Curry.
In her 2018 opinion piece, Ms. Heard wrote that “like many women, she had been sexually harassed and assaulted when she was college age. But I kept quiet, I did not expect to file complaints to do justice. And I didn’t see myself as a victim.”
“Then two years ago I became a public figure representing domestic abuse and felt the full force of our culture’s anger at women speaking out,” she added at the time.
While Mr. Depp is not mentioned in the article, his legal team argues that it contains a “clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser”, which they say is “categorically and demonstrably false”. Mr. Depp is seeking compensation of “not less than $50 million”.
Ms. Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim against Mr. Depp for nuisance and immunity from his accusations.