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Surgeon Testifies Johnny Depp’s Severed Fingertip Is ‘Not Consistent’ With His Claims

Johnny Depp’s injuries when his finger was severed in a fight with Amber Heard in 2015 “are not consistent” with the actor’s claims that he cut it with a thrown alcohol bottle, an orthopedic surgeon has testified.

The first witness Monday in Depp’s libel trial against Heard was Dr. Richard Moore, a North Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery. He said that he became a hand specialist because it is a ‘really beautiful anatomy’.

Dr Moore said that during his 25-year career he had operated on finger injuries like Depp’s after his fight with Heard in Australia ‘hundreds of times’.

During the drinking and drug-fueled argument in March 2015, Depp’s fingertips were cut off. Depp claims that Heard did it when she threw a bottle of vodka at him. She claims that she broke it with a phone. The court heard from witnesses who said Depp told them he cut himself, something he admitted in text messages.

Testifying as an expert for Heard’s legal team, Dr. Moore said the idea that Depp’s finger was cut off with a bottle was “not consistent” with the evidence.

He said: “It is not consistent with what we see in the pattern of injuries described or clinical photographs.”

In court, Depp looked up and paid attention, shaking his head in disbelief.

The first witness of the day was Dr. Richard Moore, a North Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery.

The first witness of the day was Dr. Richard Moore, a North Carolina-based orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgery.

On the 20th in the defamation trial of Amber Heard vs.  Johnny Depp kicked off Monday in Fairfax, Virginia

On the 20th in the defamation trial of Amber Heard vs.  Johnny Depp kicked off Monday in Fairfax, Virginia

On the 20th in the defamation trial of Amber Heard vs. Johnny Depp kicked off Monday in Fairfax, Virginia

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“He threw the big bottle and it made contact and it broke all over the place and honestly at first I didn’t feel any pain at all, I didn’t feel any pain,” Depp said.

Amber Heard arrived in court on Monday full of smiles, her hair in ringlets.

Amber Heard arrived in court on Monday full of smiles, her hair in ringlets.

Depp claims that Heard cut off his finger when she threw a bottle of vodka at him, but she claims that he broke it with a phone.

Depp claims that Heard cut off his finger when she threw a bottle of vodka at him, but she claims that he broke it with a phone.

Dr. Moore said that there were no injuries on the back of the finger, that is, on the back of the hand.

Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, asked Dr. Moore if the back was the back of the hand “like the dorsal fin of a shark” and he agreed. Depp laughed out loud.

Dr. Moore said the injury did not appear to occur when Depp’s hand was resting on the bar, as he claimed.

He said: ‘In that position, if the bottle hit the finger, it would have hit the nail and the nail really wasn’t injured. That’s not consistent with that injury pattern.

The jury was shown graphic photographs of Depp’s injured finger and X-rays which, according to Dr. Moore, showed multiple tiny bone fragments at the tip and a “comminuted fracture” associated with a crush injury.

Such crush injuries could be caused by a finger getting caught in a sliding door or car door.

Dr. Moore said that the photos did not show any injury to the nail and that if the bottle had hit it, there would be an injury there.

He said: “Anyone who got their finger caught in a car door usually bled under the bail this bruise creates.”

When asked if Depp’s description of the incident “lines up” with the photographic evidence, Dr. Moore said no.

Depp claimed that the bottle ‘exploded’ after hitting his hand, but Dr Moore said the absence of any glass lesions on his hand suggested that this was not the case.

He said the medical files he reviewed “did not document the presence of glass shards or other associated injuries to the hand.”

Dr. Moore added: “This wound does not appear to be a sharp glass laceration.”

Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, barged in on Dr. Moore during cross-examination. It was the first time she had questioned a witness since her brutal cross-examination of Amber Heard that made her a legal star.

Vasquez asked if it was “not entirely accurate” that, as Dr. Moore had just testified, Depp’s hand was resting on the bar.

Depp has detailed the explosive fight he and Amber Heard had in March 2015 in Australia, where the top of his finger was severed when Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him.

Depp has detailed the explosive fight he and Amber Heard had in March 2015 in Australia, where the top of his finger was severed when Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him.

Dr. Moore said the injury did not appear to occur when Depp's hand was resting on the bar, as he claimed.

Dr. Moore said the injury did not appear to occur when Depp’s hand was resting on the bar, as he claimed.

Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez, barged in on Dr. Moore during cross-examination.  It was the first time she had questioned a witness since her brutal cross-examination of Amber Heard that made her a legal star.

Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, barged in on Dr. Moore during cross-examination. It was the first time she had questioned a witness since her brutal cross-examination of Amber Heard that made her a legal star.

Vasquez repeatedly pressed Dr. Moore and admitted that he could not rule out that a car door caused Depp's finger injury.

Vasquez repeatedly pressed Dr. Moore and admitted that he could not rule out that a car door caused Depp’s finger injury.

Dr Moore said Depp’s hand was “resting on the edge” of the bar

Vasquez replied that Depp said his fingers were “hanging over the bar.”

Dr. Moore tried to respond but Vasquez cut him off and said, ‘That’s not my question, Dr. Moore.’

She said: ‘Is it true that Mr Depp said his fingers were hanging over the bar?’

Dr. Moore said yes.

Vasquez asked Dr. Moore, ‘Can’t determine what object caused the injury to your finger?’

Dr Moore said: ‘I cannot determine what object did it. I can say with confidence that the described mechanism of the bottle was not consistent…’

Vasquez interrupted and said: ‘I understand that. My question is very specific’, repeating the question again.

Dr Moore said: ‘It’s a bit more non-specific response. I cannot determine the exact object, but it is unlikely that it was held in the manner described.”

Vasquez repeatedly pressed Dr. Moore and admitted that he could not rule out that a car door caused Depp’s finger injury.

Dr. Moore said that according to doors it would be the “classic cause” of this type of injury.

Vasquez said: ‘Can’t you say definitively what caused Mr. Depp’s finger injury?’

When Dr. Moore tried to respond, Vasquez interrupted.

She said: ‘Dr. moore I get it, but this is the time for her to ask you questions. Now let’s try my question. You definitely can’t say what caused Mr. Depp’s finger injury. Yes or no?’

Dr. Moore said: ‘No.’

Vasquez showed the jury photos of the bar area of ​​the property that Depp and Heard rented in Australia, where the fight took place.

They showed a broken vodka bottle and a bloody handkerchief with drops of blood around it.

Dr. Moore agreed that he had not considered the photos as part of his analysis.

Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, read part of Dr. Moore’s testimony and said Vasquez “cut him off” before the jury could hear the rest.

Vasquez interrupted: ‘I don’t think that’s on the transcript.’

Dr. David Spiegel, an expert in behavioral sciences, specifically on drug and alcohol use and intimate partner violence, took the podium on Monday.

Dr. David Spiegel, an expert in behavioral sciences, specifically on drug and alcohol use and intimate partner violence, took the podium on Monday.

Dr. David Spiegel, a behavioral science expert specifically on drug and alcohol use and intimate partner violence, took the stand Monday.

He said Depp has exhibited “behavior that they are aware of with someone who has a substance use disorder.”

Dr Spiegel said his review of the evidence showed that Depp was a ‘perpetrator of intimate partner violence’.

Dr. Spiegel told the court that he was “not here to criticize Mr. Depp’s acting skills or his personality, he is much more skilled at that than I am.”

The doctor said he was there to talk about how drugs and alcohol can cause “bad things to happen” when people go over their limit.

Dr. Spiegel listed the substances Depp abused: alcohol, amphetamines, marijuana, cocaine, LSD, ecstasy, opiates, and others, often at the same time.

He said Depp’s drug use caused a worrying level of damage to his memory, as demonstrated by his former therapist asking him to remember three words and repeat them five minutes later.

Dr. Spiegel said: ‘Mr. Depp couldn’t remember any of them and that’s highly unusual for a man in his 50s.

‘Generally speaking, that age group should remember two or all three of those words. I know that his lines were also sent to you through an earpiece.

“Any of us who have used alcohol and cocaine to that degree level, I’m talking about a severe level, is going to have effects.”

Some patients like Depp may mistakenly think that illegal substances make them function better, something the actor testified to.

But he was actually causing damage and Depp needed his lines put through an earpiece and caused him to pass out drunk.

Dr. Spiegel said, “Part of that could be due to the fact that he confessed to making a completely wasted movie, so it would be more difficult to do that.”

‘It shows that the processing speed has decreased. If your thought rate is slow, I mean it’s so slow when we’re trying to move on to other questions that you’re still trying to process the original data you passed us.

“Fortunately, during this trial, I see that Mr. Depp’s cognition has improved, so I congratulate him on that.”

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