An expert witness disputes Johnny Depp's tale of a struggle with Amber Heard in which his finger was severed.
Dr. Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon from Wilmington, North Carolina, testified in court on Monday that Mr. Depp's account of the fight, in which he claims his finger was severed when Ms. Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, is "not consistent with the described injury pattern or the clinical photographs."
Following Mr. Depp's lawsuit against his ex-wife in March 2019, the defamation trial between Mr. Depp and Ms. Heard commenced on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Depp claims she defamed him in an opinion piece published by The Washington Post in December 2018 and headed "I came out against sexual abuse — and faced our culture's wrath. This must change."
Ms. Heard stated in her 2018 opinion piece, "Like many women, I had been sexually harassed and attacked by the time I was in college. But I remained silent, as I did not believe submitting complaints would result in justice. And I did not consider myself a victim."
"Then, two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic violence, and I experienced the full force of our culture's wrath against women who speak out," she continued.
While Mr. Depp is not named in the article, his legal team asserts that it bears a "clear implication that Mr. Depp is a domestic abuser," which is "categorically and demonstrably false," according to their analysis. Mr. Depp is seeking "at least $50 million" in damages.
Ms. Heard has filed a $100 million lawsuit for nuisance and immunity against Mr. Depp's charges.