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Who is Debbie Lloyd? Johnny Depp's nurse provides gruesome testimony

Depp once texted Lloyd to give him 'some f**kin’ knockout yum yum' because Heard had a 'nasty freakout'
UPDATED APR 19, 2022
Jurors on Monday heard testimony from Johnny Depp's former private nurse Debbie Lloyd (L) (Twitter, Paul Morigi/Getty Images)
Jurors on Monday heard testimony from Johnny Depp's former private nurse Debbie Lloyd (L) (Twitter, Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Johnny Depp's nurse Debbie Lloyd testified Monday, April 18, about having to search the actor's residence in Australia for the tip of his severed finger which he allegedly injured during a fight with ex-wife Amber Heard.

The Hollywood star's sliced-off digit was first reported during his UK trial against The Sun in 2020 when his house manager testified how he eventually found the fingertip. Depp, 58, lost his libel case against the newspaper after it referred to him as a "wife-beater" in a 2018 article. However, the 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star is now seeking $50 million in damages from Heard, 35, in a defamation case after she penned a 2018 Washington Post op-ed to claim she was a victim of "sexual violence." While Depp wasn't named in the piece, he has argued it damaged his reputation and jeopardized his acting career.


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Who is Debbie Lloyd?

Jurors in the ongoing defamation trial reviewed on Monday pre-recorded testimony from Depp's former private nurse, Debbie Lloyd, who traveled with him and Heard to Australia in March 2015. Lloyd, who was part of the team helping treat the actor's opioid addiction, testified that she arrived at the actor's residence while he was filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' and found a smashed-up TV set and writing on the walls. She said Depp's hands were covered in paint and grime.

“I remember looking for his finger in the downstairs area,” Lloyd said in her March 8 video deposition which was played in Virginia court Monday. “The house was a mess." She said the house manager was eventually able to locate the lost fingertip and brought it to the hospital. The nurse also recalled hearing “different stories from people” about what led to the gruesome injury. “I have heard that Amber threw a bottle of vodka at him,” she said. “I have heard that he had slammed it with a phone.”


Heard has vehemently denied throwing a vodka bottle at Depp, and the events that transpired that night are still being contested between them. The story was further complicated by the testimony given by Depp's former private doctor David Kipper earlier on Monday. In his video deposition recorded on February 22, the doctor recalled going to the house immediately after the incident and seeing broken glass and blood on the floor. However, he didn't see any blood on the glass. 

Amber Heard is seen outside court for the start of a civil trial at Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 11, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

Kipper, who didn't put anything about a broken bottle in his notes, also testified that Depp told doctors at the emergency room that he cut his finger with a knife. Depp reportedly texted Kipper after the incident, writing, “I cut the top of my middle finger off… What should I do!?? Except, of course, go to a hospital…. I’m so embarrassed for jumping into anything with her… F**K THE WORLD!!! JD.” The star also texted his doctor around a week after his emergency visit to the hospital, writing, “Thank you for everything. I have chopped off my left middle finger as a reminder that I should never cut my finger off again!! I love you, brother. Johnny.” Depp's nurse Lloyd also testified that she once found the "Donnie Brasco" star with bloody knuckles on his right hand after he allegedly punched a whiteboard following an argument with Heard. That said, both Lloyd and Kipper said they never witnessed the abuse between the two.


Meanwhile, it was also established that Depp and Lloyd had a close relationship. He once texted her to give him “some f**kin’ knockout yum yum” because Heard had a “nasty freakout.” In another message, he told the nurse that “even attempting to say thank you would be like a monkey trying to fuck a football…it’s just simply impossible.” Lloyd said she was moved to tears as a lawyer read out the messages she exchanged with the actor. Other texts shown to the Jury included Lloyd telling Depp “I love you safe and be smart my son” and “I care about you deeply.”