Amber Heard has refuted claims that she cut off Johnny Depp’s finger with a bottle during a fight in 2015, but her sister apparently told her employer that the “Aquaman” actress was responsible for the actor’s injury.
Following the unsealing of more than 6,000 pages of court documents over the weekend, a deposition that addressed the claimed remarks of Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez was made public, according to the New York Post. Heard and Depp tried to present or exclude specific claims and documents from their defamation trial, according to the recently publicly revealed legal filings.
A transcript of Jennifer Howell’s deposition, Henriquez’s former boss, in which she details the time Henriquez reportedly received a message from Heard on the alleged incident that led to the severing of Depp’s finger, according to the outlet.
“She just screamed, ‘She’s done it now. She’s cut off his Goddamn finger,’ and made this huge proclamation. And I pushed my chair back. I was like, ‘What?'” Howell told Depp’s lawyer, Camille Vasquez.
“And she goes, ‘She cut off his finger. She cut off his finger.’ And then she bolted out the door and was like, ‘I got to call somebody. I got to call somebody,'” Howell continued, quoting Henriquez.
Vasquez asked Howell to name the “she” and “he” in Henriquez’s alleged statement.
“It was Amber and Johnny, and she apparently had thrown a bottle and cut off his finger, is what (Henriquez) reported when she came back in from whoever she talked to outside,” Howell added.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor testified in April that Heard allegedly threw a bottle of vodka at him during a fight between the ex-couples in Australia in 2015, breaking it and cutting the tip of his finger.
Recalling the alleged incident, Depp said, “I didn’t feel the pain at first — what I felt was heat and something dripping down my hand. I don’t know what a nervous breakdown feels like, but that’s the closest I’ve ever [felt to one]. I knew in my mind and my heart that this is not life. No one should have to go through this.”
On the stand, Depp also admitted that he lied to a doctor about the cause of his injury because he didn’t want his then-wife to be in trouble.
“I said that I had smashed it in these large accordion doors,” he said. “I didn’t want to get (Heard) in trouble. I tried to just keep things as copacetic and as easy as possible for everyone. I did not want to put her name in that mix.”
During the trial, Heard’s legal team showed a text Depp sent to his personal doctor telling the latter, “I have chopped off my left middle finger to remind myself never to lose my right one again,” Insider reported. However, the actor argued that it was a joke and not a confession about cutting his own finger.
“When you say ‘I got my finger cut off,’ it doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve done it yourself,” Depp explained.
Heard insisted that Depp hurt his finger on his own accord while drunk, probably when he shattered a wall-mounted phone to “smithereens,” and that he then proceeded to sexually abuse her with a vodka bottle.
Both filed their own notice of appeal late last month against the verdict.