Expert witness disputes Johnny Depp’s claim of a severed finger – Deadline

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UPDATE, 9:21 a.m. PT: EXCLUSIVE: Approaching its final days, Johnny Depp’s $50 million libel lawsuit against Amber Heard is set to have a Hollywood heavy hitter and a supermodel cameo of sorts.

Warner Bros’ Walter Hamada will take the virtual helm on Tuesday as a rebuttal witness to the sacked fantastic beasts star, we learned. The testimony of the executive of Warner Bros. Pictures will be shown in the Virginia courtroom where the bitter legal battle between former rum diary co-stars unfolds comes from a video deposition from March 15, 2022.

Along with other Depp witnesses, his girlfriend and 1990s model Kate Moss is also due to give evidence on May 25 via video link from the UK. It was actually a mention of Moss by Heard while the latter was at the helm earlier this month that opened the door for Depp’s Ben Chew-led legal team to bring in the talent agency founder. in the case.

Not strange to polemicize himself due to some hard-hitting allegations of Justice League star Ray Fisher over the years, Hamada should tell the jury and Judge Penny Azcarte that Heard suffered no backlash from WB in her Aquaman franchise role in the wake of Depp’s explicit, linen-soiled ongoing lawsuit.

Earlier in the lawsuit and in court documents before it kicked off in April, Heard and her defense team said the actress had to “fight” to even stay in the as-yet-unreleased sequel. Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom. While taking home her $2 million paycheck, Heard also said she found her role as Mera significantly reduced in the script she received for the James Wan-directed superhero film. .

Having sued Heard in March 2019 due to a late 2018 Washington Post editorial she wrote about being the survivor of domestic violence, Depp lost a 2020 UK libel case against Rupert Murdoch The sun tabloid for calling him a “wife beater”. “Shortly after this loss, WB separated the stained actor from his latest franchise from JK Rowling.

Deppp was replaced by in the April 15 published and underperforming Fantastic Beasts: Dumbledore’s Secrets by Mads Mikkelsen. The actor, who is expected to be called by the defense today to testify again at trial, has not worked in any landmark films since.

PREVIOUSLY, 8:04 a.m. PT: The sixth week of Johnny Depp’s $50million libel trial began on Monday with an expert witness, an orthopedic surgeon who cast doubt on the actor’s claim that he cut his finger in March 2015 , forcing a delay on the filming of the last Pirates of the Caribbean film.

Depp claimed that during an argument with Amber Heard at their rented house in Australia, he cut his finger when she threw a large bottle of vodka at him.

But Dr Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon who said he performed thousands of hand surgeries in his career, said Depp’s injury was ‘not consistent’ with what the actor described . Depp had said his hand had been on the edge of the bar, but Moore was suspicious. He noted that there were no signs of cuts in other parts of Depp’s hand. Moore also said that if Depp’s hand was face down against the edge of the bar, it would have caused a fingernail injury. But the photos show a wound under the nail.

“If a bottle had hit the nail, there would definitely have been an injury to the nail bed,” Moore said. Rather, he said Depp’s finger was more consistent with it being smashed into a door or drawer.

Heard testified that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle during the argument. His legal team alleges that Depp injured his finger on his own and highlighted text in which Depp said he cut his finger.

Depp’s severed finger required medical attention and surgery, and delayed the filming of Pirates 5. The injury was repeatedly highlighted during the trial, as Depp tried to show that he had been physically abused by his then-wife. She countersued Depp for $100 million.

As Moore expressed doubts about Depp’s account, the actor would occasionally stare at the expert witness and even smile a little while whispering to one of his attorneys. Depp rarely looked up when Heard and witnesses from his legal team spoke.

Moore said he reviewed Depp’s texts, testimony and depositions, as well as medical records and photos, to challenge the actor’s account.

But Moore faced controversial cross-examination from one of Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez. She tried to discredit him by showing photos from the scene of the Depp-Heard argument, showing shards of glass on the floor next to the bar.

“Do you see any body tissue around the bar?”

“Yeah,” Moore said.

He admitted that he had not reviewed these photos. He also said he was unaware of the testimony of another witness, Ben King, who managed the rented house and said he found part of the finger in the bar.

Moore also admitted he couldn’t say for sure what caused the injury, but again said the cause described by Depp “was inconsistent with the pattern of injury found in the footage.”

Vasquez was also keen to point out how much Moore was paid as an expert witness: $1,000 an hour and $5,000 a day for trial testimony.

Depp is expected to be called to that stand again later on Monday.

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