Live stream: Witnesses take stand in Johnny Depp’s libel suit against Amber Heard

Depp is suing Heard over an essay she wrote on domestic abuse

En esta combinacin de fotos, los actores Johnny Depp y Amber Heard en el Tribunal de Circuito del Condado de Fairfax, el mircoles 4 de mayo de 2022 en Fairfax, Virginia. Depp demand a Heard, su exesposa, por difamacin, por un artculo de 2018 en el que ella se refiri a s misma como "una figura pblica que representa el abuso domstico". (Elizabeth Frantz/Pool Photos va AP) (Elizabeth Frantz)

FALLS CHURCH, Va – Witnesses are expected to take the stand Tuesday in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard.

Depp is suing Heard over an essay she wrote on domestic abuse, which Depp’s attorneys say indirectly refers to allegations she made against him.

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Surgeon: Johnny Depp’s severed finger story has flaws

By MATTHEW BARAKAT with the Associated Press

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- A hand surgeon testified Monday that Johnny Depp could not have lost the tip of his middle finger the way he told jurors it happened in his civil lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.

The finger injury, which occurred in a March 2015 fight in Australia between Depp and Heard, has been one of several key points of dispute in the lawsuit. Depp says he was injured when Heard threw a vodka bottle at him. Heard has said she never saw specifically how it happened, but that it occurred on a night when an enraged Depp sexually assaulted her with a liquor bottle.

Depp is suing Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” His lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.

Depp has denied he ever struck Heard, and says she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard has testified about more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she says she suffered at Depp’s hands.

In testimony Monday, surgeon Richard Moore testified about the severed finger as jurors saw gruesome photos of the injury. He said that Depp described that his palm was down on a bar when it was struck by the bottle.

Moore, who did not treat Depp, testified that Depp’s description is unlikely, in large part because his fingernail remained intact. Moore said the fingernail was exposed, as Depp described the placement of his hand, and would have been damaged. Moore also said there would have been other cuts on the rest of his hand from the glass that shattered on impact.

While Depp told the jury that Heard severed the finger by throwing a vodka bottle, at the time of the accident he told people and sent text messages saying he’d done it to himself. At one point he said the finger had been pinched between solid accordion doors.

Depp now says he lied to protect Heard. Moore testified that getting the finger pinched in accordion doors would be consistent with the injury.

The trial is now in its sixth week. Monday’s testimony was relatively mundane in a trial that has provided an ugly glimpse into the couple’s toxic relationship. There had been an expectation that Heard’s lawyers were going to call Depp to the stand Monday, but that did not occur.

Jurors had already heard from both Depp and Heard extensively -- each was on the stand for four days, undergoing grueling cross-examinations.

Also Monday, a psychiatrist testified that Depp’s behavior fits the pattern of a person whose drug and alcohol abuse contributes to domestic violence.

Depp’s lawyer questioned the ethics and credibility of the psychiatrist’s opinions, given that he never conducted an examination of Depp.

The trial has drawn increasing public attention over its length. People camped out overnight and squabbled over places in line as they sought to get one of the 100 seats in the courtroom allocated to the public. During a morning break, one woman professed her love for Depp and asked when he was going to acknowledge that he was the father of the baby she was holding in her arms.

She was removed from the courtroom.

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