Surgeon denies Johnny Depp’s account of severed fingers fight with Amber Heard
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Amber Heard’s defense case continues in the defamation lawsuit filed against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp, with the Pirates of the Caribbean star expected to face another court hearing later today.
Heard is being sued by Depp for $50 million over allegations that he molested her in 2018 Washington Post op ed. Although she did not give his name, he claims her allegations affected his ability to work. She is pursuing a $100 million counterclaim.
Testimony has been given by several of Heard’s former friends, as well as her sister, an acting coach and makeup artist. They all testified that they either saw their injuries or alleged altercations with Depp.
On Thursday, Depp’s longtime friend spoke of the actor’s jealous streak, while his former agent said he romanticized drugs and was consistently late for sets, which impacted his career.
The actor’s ex-CEO described his declining financial situation and his “unexpected behavior” in relation to drugs and alcohol. Actor and Dork-Ex Ellen Barkin recalled drinking all the time and once throwing a wine bottle across a room during an argument.
New witness: Dr. David Spiegel, specialist in psychiatry
The next witness to testify is Dr. David Spiegel, a Virginia board-certified psychiatrist who is brought in as an expert witness.
He has treated thousands of patients and says up to 75 percent have substance abuse problems. He also has a lot of experience on the subject of violence in partnerships, he says.
dr Spiegel is interrogated by Elaine Bredehoft, who wants to propose him as an expert on the case. Depp’s team protests and asks him about his experience of intimate partner violence.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 3:16 p.m
Surgeon says Depp’s account of severed finger is ‘inconsistent’ with injury
dr Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon from Wilmington, North Carolina, told the court on Monday that Mr Depp’s account of the fight, in which he says his finger was cut off when Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, “not with the corresponds to what we see in the described injury pattern or the clinical pictures”.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 2:58 p.m
In the transfer, Heard’s attorney, Ben Rottenborn, asks if anything Dr. Moore was cross-examined, changed his mind on the case.
dr Moore replies, “No.”
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 2:53 p.m
During cross-examination, Dr. Moore said he did not examine Depp or perform any surgery on his hand.
He admits that he cannot identify the object that struck Depp’s finger, nor fully rule out that it was caused by a vodka bottle.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 2:41 p.m
The jury will again be shown descriptive photos of Depp’s finger injury and X-rays.
dr Moore notes that no broken glass was documented by medical staff, nor any other injury to the hand that might be expected from a bottle that struck a finger and exploded.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 2:28 p.m
dr Moore says he reviewed documents and witness statements regarding Depp’s finger injury from the 2015 Australia incident.
He testifies that Depp’s finger injury was not caused by a thrown vodka bottle, as the actor says.
dr Moore says the clinical record doesn’t match Depp’s story because it would involve a crush injury that wasn’t obvious. He also notes that the fingernail was unaffected and the tissue loss is on the underside of the finger.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 2:20 p.m
New witness: Dr. Richard Moore, orthopedist
The first witness of the day is Dr. Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in hand surgery from Wilmington, North Carolina.
He appears in person.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 2:08 p.m
The sixth week of negotiations begins at 9 a.m
With the sixth week of the trial approaching, Johnny Depp is expected to take the stand again to be questioned by Amber Heard’s attorneys.
In addition to defending herself against the defamation allegation, Heard is also trying to prove her counterclaim against her ex-husband, which is based on an alleged defamation campaign he and his attorney Adam Waldman launched in which their allegations of abuse were labeled as hoaxes.
More testimony from Depp could help substantiate some of the claims in her case, however, attorney-client privilege still exists between Depp and Mr. Waldman, which only the actor can break.
Mr. Waldman testified Thursday via video deposition.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 1:53 p.m
What do lawyers think of Camille Vasquez’s cross-examination of Amber Heard?
Camille Vasquez, one of Johnny Depp’s attorneys in his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard, questioned Ms. Heard for two days on May 16-17.
The moment Ms Vasquez attempted to undermine Ms Heard’s credibility and her claims that Mr Depp had sexually assaulted her and been violent towards her was described as “often harsh”. meetingwhich noted, “Depp’s attorneys may have lacked an actual kitchen sink, but today they attempted to figuratively throw one at Heard during yet another cross-examination of the Aquaman actress in the $50 million defamation trial.”
“This strategy continued throughout the diversion, with Depp’s attorneys shouting ‘objection’ to almost every question from Bredehoft, about half of which were supported by Judge Penny Azcarte.”
The Independent spoke to two attorneys about Vasquez’s cross-examination strategy, including its potential pros and cons.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 1:35 p.m
Depp’s attorney says Marilyn Manson’s video ‘destroyed’ Heard’s abuse allegations.
Mr. Waldman, who is at the center of Ms. Heard’s counterclaim after calling her abuse allegations “fake” and “fraud,” gave video testimony back in February after being subpoenaed by the Aquaman actress’ legal department.
Oliver O’ConnellMay 23, 2022 1:20 p.m
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