Did Amber Heard CUT OFF Johnny Depp's finger? Defamation trial to bring out truth
While Depp has accused Heard of causing the injury by throwing alcohol bottles at him, she has said it was self inflicted
In 2016, Johnny Depp broke the Internet with a graphic photo of his severed finger, claiming that his ex-wife Amber Heard had caused it by throwing a bottle of alcohol at him. In the shocking picture, a doctor can be seen carrying Depp’s finger. However, Heard has claimed that Depp's injury was self inflicted.
Finally the duo is headed to court that will decide which version is the truth. Depp's defamation trial against Heard will begin on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, after multiple postponements since Depp filed the claim in March 2019.
Apparently, the 'Edward Scissorhands' actor sustained the injuries in 2015 while he was filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean' in Australia, and first blamed the mishap on himself. According to The Guardian, the actor's bodyguard, Malcom Connolly, said, “The usual victim pattern is to protect the abuser for some reason, you know the psychological bullying … they fit the same criteria, they never come forward with the information." He went on to say that he'd never witnessed Depp beat Heard or any other lady. “I would not tolerate any man striking a woman. No matter who he is. Not even if he is my boss. Not even if he is the pope,” he concluded.
Depp subsequently revised the story to blame his ex-wife, claiming in the $50 million defamation complaint that Heard was the one who injured his finger by "throwing bottles" at him during a furious argument.
“While I was in Australia filming a movie approximately one month after I married [Amber Heard], on a day where my then-lawyer tried to discuss with Ms Heard the need that she sign a post-nuptial agreement with me, she went berserk and began throwing bottles at me.”
The legal documents were obtained by Daily Mail in which Depp has detailed the injury caused by Heard.
“The first bottle sailed past my head and missed, but then she threw a large glass vodka bottle. The bottle struck the marble countertop where my hand was resting and exploded,” Depp alleged in the court filings, according to the Daily Mail. "The projectile’s impact shattered the bone in my finger and entirely severed the tip of my finger. I had to have 3 surgeries to reconstruct my finger and contracted MRSA [Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, a form of a staph infection] three times,” Depp said in his statement. He added, "I feared that I would lose my finger, my arm, and my life."
"Johnny is gratified that his words are finally being heard," Adam Waldman, Johnny Depp's attorney, said in a statement to HollywoodLife.com. "But he remains frustrated that the media largely ignores his overwhelming factual evidence of what Ms. Heard has perpetrated."
In court records, Heard has claimed that Johnny's injury was self-inflicted. She stated that he grew extremely intoxicated and high during their stay at the property, and that he chopped the tip of his finger off after destroying bottles and windows in a frenzy.
Heard's lawyer Eric George responded to Depp's claims in a statement. "The evidence in this case is clear: Johnny Depp repeatedly beat Amber Heard. The increasingly desperate attempts by Mr. Depp and his enablers to revive his career by initiating baseless litigation against so many people once close to him – his former lawyers, his former managers, and his former spouse – are not fooling anyone," said George. "In light of the important work done by the #TimesUp movement highlighting the tactics abusers use to continue to traumatize survivors, neither the creative community nor the public will be gaslit by Mr. Depp’s baseless blame-the-victim conspiracy theories."