The sixth week of Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation trial started with an skilled witness, an orthopedic surgeon who forged doubt on the actor’s declare of how he severed his finger in March, 2015, forcing a delay on the set of the newest Pirates of the Caribbean film.
Depp claimed that in an argument with Amber Heard of their rented house in Australia, he severed his finger when she threw a big vodka bottle at him.
However Dr. Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon who stated he has carried out 1000’s of hand surgical procedures in his profession, stated that Depp’s damage was “not constant” with what the actor described. Depp had stated that his hand had been on the sting of the bar, however Moore raised doubts. He famous that there was not a report of cuts to different components of Depp’s hand. Moore additionally stated that, if Depp’s hand was face down on the sting of the bar, it could have prompted damage to the nail. However images present an damage beneath the nail.
“If a bottle struck the nail, there actually would have been an damage to the nail mattress,” Moore stated. Moderately, he stated that Depp’s finger was extra according to it being crushed in a door or drawer.
Heard testified that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle in the course of the argument. Her authorized staff contends that Depp injured his finger on his personal, and has highlighted a textual content during which Depp acknowledged that he reduce his finger off.
Depp’s severed finger required medical consideration and surgical procedure, and compelled a delay to the filming of Pirates 5. The damage has been highlighted a number of occasions in the course of the trial, as Depp has tried to point out that he was the sufferer of his then-wife’s bodily abuse. She has counter-sued Depp for $100 million.
As Moore expressed doubts about Depp’s account, the actor at occasions seemed on the skilled witness, and even smiled a bit as he whispered to considered one of his attorneys. Depp has hardly ever seemed up as Heard and her authorized staff’s witnesses have taken the stand.
Moore stated he reviewed Depp’s texts, testimony and depositions, in addition to medical data and images, to query the actor’s account.
However Moore confronted a contentious cross examination from considered one of Depp’s attorneys, Camille Vasquez. She tried to discredit him by exhibiting images from the scene of the Depp-Heard argument, exhibiting shattered glass on the ground subsequent to the bar.
“Do you see physique tissue across the bar?”
“Sure,” Moore stated.
He acknowledged that he had not reviewed these images. He additionally stated that he was not conscious of the testimony of one other witness, Ben King, who managed the rented house and stated that he had discovered a part of the finger within the bar space.
Moore additionally admitted that he couldn’t undoubtedly say what prompted the damage, however once more stated that the trigger described by Depp “was inconsistent with the damage sample discovered on the photographs.”
Vasquez additionally made a degree of highlighting how a lot Moore was being paid as an skilled witness: $1,000 per hour, and $5,000 per day for trial testimony.
Depp is anticipated to be known as to that stand once more afterward Monday.