The defamation trial of Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard is taking various turns and both sides have different stories.
The trial kicked off on Monday with the first witness Dr. Richard Moore who is an orthopaedic surgeon based in North Carolina, specializing in hand surgery. He said that he became a hand specialist because it is a ‘really pretty, beautiful anatomy.’
The surgeon contradicted The Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s testimony where the former told that he lost his fingertip because his ex-wife Amber Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, which supposedly exploded into pieces of sharp glass that caused the injury.
Orthopaedic Surgeon Contradicted Johnny Depp’s Fingertip Injury
Dr. Moore was called as a witness by Amber Heard who clarified that the idea of Johnny Depp’s finger being sliced off with a bottle was ‘not consistent’ with the evidence.
“It’s not consistent with what we see in the described injury pattern or the clinical photographs.”
During an argument between the former couple in March 2015, Depp’s fingertips got sliced off. The 58-year-old actor claimed that Heard did it when she threw a bottle of vodka at him. However, she claims that he smashed it off with a phone. The court has heard from witnesses who affirmed that Depp cut it off himself, something he admitted in texts.
Moore Told Records of Johnny Depp did not mention the presence of glass shreds
Dr. Moore, however, said he could rule out Depp’s account.
“Looking at the images, there’s no significant injury of the dorsum of the finger and to create the type of injury with that type of a crush injury, we would anticipate both injuries to the fingernail and other parts of the finger,” Moore said.
Dr. Moore said that there were no injuries to the back of the hand. He said that it did not appear that the injury happened when Depp’s hand was laying flat on the bar as he claimed. The injury looks more consistent with the finger being squeezed between two hard, opposing surfaces similar to having a finger between sliding glass doors, Moore testified.
‘In that position, were the bottle to strike the finger, it would have struck on the nail, and the nail was really not injured. That’s not consistent with that pattern of injury.’
Moore also noted that doctors who handled Johnny Depp did not write in their records about the presence of glass pieces at the injury site.
“This wound doesn’t really appear to be a sharp glass laceration,” Moore said.