‘I can’t definitively say what caused the injury,’ surgeon says in written testimony
Dr Richard Moore, an orthopaedic surgeon from Wilmington, Carolina do Norte told the court on Monday that Mr Depp’s account of the fight in which he says his finger was cut off when Ms Heard threw a vodka bottle at him is “not consistent with what we see in the described injury pattern or the clinical photographs”.
The disputed fight took place in Austrália em março 2015.
The defamation trial between Mr Depp and Ms Heard has now entered its sixth and final week in Fairfax, Virgínia. Mr Depp’s lawsuit against his ex-wife claims she defamed him in a December 2018 op-ed published in The Washington Post titled “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath. Isso tem que mudar”.
Dr Moore, a hand surgery specialist, was asked by Ms Heard’s legal team if the finger injury “occurred as a result of a vodka bottle being thrown at him?”
He said he couldn’t see any evidence of damage to the fingernail that he would expect from an injury when the finger was struck by a bottle from above.
While Mr Depp claims that his finger was severed by a vodka bottle thrown by Ms Heard, she has testified that he was injured when he smashed a phone against a wall.
Depp lawyer Camille Vasquez noted that Mr Depp testified that his finger was wrapped around the bar and that the bottle struck him at an angle, not directly from above.
Dr Moore said in his written testimony that “I cannot rule anything out completely … I can’t rule out that the injury was caused by a car door … I can’t definitively say what caused the injury”.
Mr Depp gave his own account about what’s become known as the “severed finger fight” during his turn as a witness last month.
He alleged that Ms Heard became “irate” during a discussion about a postnuptial agreement. “She could not let go of the fact that I was in on this postnup agreement and that I was trying to trick her into essentially getting nothing if something were to happen,” Mr Depp said.
He said he told Ms Heard those were not his intentions, but that the conversation escalated into “madness”, “chaos”, and “violence”.
“She was irate and she was possessed," ele disse, adding that Ms Heard was “hammering” him with “brutal words”. “Pardon my language, but I remember that it wasn’t nice being called an a**-kisser to lawyers or a p***y that didn’t fight for her or stand up for her.”
Asked how his finger became injured, Mr Depp said things “were all getting too crazy”. “I went behind the bar, I grabbed a bottle of vodka that was there and a shot glass," ele disse. Mr Depp said he “poured [ele mesmo] two or three stiff shots of vodka”, which were “the first taste of alcohol [he’d] had in a long time”.
He alleged that Ms Heard, having found him at the bar, started screaming at him about his drinking. “She walked up to me and reached and grabbed the bottle of vodka and then just kind of stood back and hurled it at me," ele disse. “And it just went right past my head and smashed behind me.”
Mr Depp said he grabbed another bottle, poured himself a shot, and drank it. He alleged that Ms Heard was flinging insults at him and grabbed that bottle and threw it at him. Ele alegou que a garrafa “fez contato” com ele e “quebrou em todos os lugares”.
“Eu não senti a dor no começo," ele disse. “Não senti nenhuma dor. Senti calor e senti como se algo estivesse escorrendo pela minha mão. E então eu olhei para baixo e percebi que a ponta do meu dedo havia sido cortada, e eu estava olhando diretamente para meus ossos saindo.”
Mr Depp said, “blood was just pouring out”.
“I think that I went into some sort of – I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s probably the closest that I’ve ever been," ele disse.
“Nada fazia sentido. Eu sabia em minha mente e em meu coração, isso não é vida, isso não é vida. Ninguém deveria ter que passar por isso. And as I said, essa sensação de estar no meio de algum tipo de colapso nervoso, Comecei a escrever com meu próprio sangue nas paredes pequenos lembretes do nosso passado que essencialmente representavam mentiras que ela me contou, e mentiras nas quais eu a peguei.”
Mr Depp said that he called his doctor and told him, “You might want to come over, I’ve cut my finger off here.”
Mr Depp said that once in the emergency room, he told a doctor he had smashed his finger in a door because he did not want to “get [Ms Heard] in trouble”. “I didn’t want to put her name in that mix," ele disse.
Mr Depp said that after the alleged incident, “for all intents and purposes, [ele] was just done.”
Ms Heard was asked about the incident, which allegedly took place in March 2015 (about a month after she and Mr Depp got married), on her second day of testimony (5 Maio).
Ms Heard said Mr Depp was “very upset” about her working with Eddie Redmayne on The Danish Girl and other actors. She recounted a “belligerent” interaction with Mr Depp that made her realize “the arrows were pointed at [sua] again”.
A physical altercation began, during which Ms Heard said Mr Depp “slams me against the wall hard” and called her names.
Em um ponto, Ms Heard said Mr Depp threw her into a ping-pong table, got on top of her, and whacked her in the face repetitively.
Ms Heard was visibly distressed as she continued her testimony. She said Mr Depp struck her in a manner that “sent [sua] down to the ground”, and that when she got up Mr Depp threw a bottle in her direction. She said at one point he had a broken bottle up next to her face and neck, and told her he would “carve up [sua] enfrentar".
Ms Heard said her memories of the night came to her as “flashes”. Eventualmente, ela disse, Mr Depp was throwing bottles in her direction and she could “feel glass breaking behind [sua]” and one bottle going past her head, which left her “terrified”.
She said Mr Depp ripped her nightgown off her chest and that the nightgown was eventually ripped off completely, deixando ela nua.
She alleged that Mr Depp started punching the wall next to her head and holding her by the neck. At some point, she said Mr Depp ended up “on top of [sua]”, dizendo a ela que ela "arruinou [seu] merda da vida”.
“I couldn’t breathe, I couldn’t get through to him, I couldn’t get up," ela disse. “I don’t know how that ended. I don’t know how – I don’t know what happened next.” Ms Heard sobbed as she continued: “A próxima coisa que me lembro, eu estava curvado para trás no bar, significando que meu peito estava para cima. eu estava olhando para a luz azul. Minhas costas estão na bancada e eu pensei que ele estava me socando. Eu senti essa pressão no meu osso púbico. Achei que ele estava me dando um soco. Eu podia sentir seu braço se movendo e parecia que ele estava me socando. But I could just feel this pressure.”
Ms Heard said she remembered being still, not wanting to move, looking around the room, and seeing broken bottles and broken glass. “I remember not wanting to move because I didn’t know if it was broken – I didn’t know if the bottle that he had inside me was broken," ela disse. “Eu não conseguia sentir. não senti dor. não senti dor. não senti nada. … Olhei em volta e vi tanto vidro quebrado. … Eu só me lembro de pensar 'Por favor, Deus, por favor. Espero que não esteja quebrado.'”
Ms Heard said she took sleeping pills and woke up to find Mr Depp “missing a finger”. “He kind of held it up," ela disse. “And I said, ‘What did you do? Quando?’ And I realized in my head that there had been many hours since this probably happened.”
Ms Heard suggested the cut might have occurred when she said Mr Depp smashed up a phone earlier.
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