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Johnny Depp didn’t lose a fingertip throwing a vodka bottle, surgeon testifies

Graphic photos of Johnny Depp’s bloodied finger were shown to jurors on Monday – as an orthopedist testified, the bloody images “do not match” the actor’s claim that he was injured when Amber Heard threw a vodka bottle at him.

dr Richard Moore, a board-certified hand surgeon from Wilmington, North Carolina, was the first witness to stand in Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia, where the sensational defamation trial entered its sixth and final week.

Moore, who reviewed Depp’s medical records and witness statements, said Depp’s description of his injury during a March 2015 fight with Heard in Australia did not match photos of his hand injury.

According to Moore, the images show that Depp’s fingernail was not injured, which would have happened if a bottle had been thrown at it and hit the finger from above as the actor was resting his hand on a countertop.

Moore also noted that no splinters of glass were found embedded in Depp’s mutilated finger, and no cuts were documented elsewhere on the injured digit.

He said the photographic evidence was inconsistent with a “glass explosion” caused by a bottle being thrown onto the hand and said that in his years of practice he had never seen injuries like Depp’s caused in this way have.

dr  Richard Moore, orthopedic surgeon, takes the stand.
dr Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon, takes the stand.
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“The wound doesn’t really appear to be a sharp glass tear,” Moore testified.

Moore said he believes it was a “crush injury” instead, though cross-examined by Depp’s legal team, he conceded he couldn’t say exactly what happened to the finger.

The jury was shown multiple X-rays of Depp’s finger, which showed shattered bones in his finger.

Heard testified earlier in the trial that she thought Depp might have injured himself when he smashed a wall-mounted phone into “butterflies.”

Trial of Johnny Depp / Amber Heard – May 23, 2022
dr Richard Moore said Johnny Depp’s description of his injury during a fight with Heard in Australia in March 2015 did not match the photos of his injury.
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dr  Richard Moore, orthopedic surgeon, takes the stand
according to dr Richard Moore, the images show that Johnny Depp’s nail was not injured, which would have happened if a bottle had been thrown at it.
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Trial of Johnny Depp / Amber Heard – May 23, 2022
Pictures shown in court showed the residence’s bar area littered with broken glass.
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Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, tried to undermine Moore’s testimony by arguing that the surgeon, who never treated the 58-year-old actor or personally examined his hand, could not definitively rule out that the slung vodka bottle caused his injury.

“My testimony is that I can rule out injury by the mechanism described by Mr. Depp in his statement,” Moore replied.

Vasquez further suggested that without looking at photos of the gory scene from his home in Australia, Moore should form his opinion on the cause of the actor’s injury.


The latest from the Johnny Depp defamation trial:


Trial of Johnny Depp / Amber Heard – May 23, 2022
Johnny Depp’s attorney argued that the surgeon could not definitively rule out that the slung vodka bottle caused his injury.
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Pictures shown in court showed the residence’s bar area littered with broken glass, with Depp’s severed fingertip resting in a handkerchief on a blood-stained floor.

Vasquez noticed that a vodka bottle could be seen in the corner of the room.

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