Editor’s note: Some testimonies contain clear expressions and descriptions of sexual and physical violence.

Testimony in the civil lawsuit between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard resumed on Monday as Hurd’s lawyers continue to defend their defense in the actor’s $ 50 million lawsuit and are trying to prove their side of the $ 100 million counterclaim. It is expected to be the last week in a lawsuit that has lasted more than a month.

The surgeon, Dr. Richard Moore, testified Monday that Johnny Depp could not lose the tip of his middle finger as he told the jury it happened in his civil lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.

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Actor Johnny Depp waves his hand as he leaves the courtroom at Fairfax County Courthouse, Virfax, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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A finger injury that occurred in March 2015 during a fight in Australia between Depp and Hurd was one of several key contentious points in the lawsuit. Depp says he was injured when Hurd threw a bottle of vodka at him. Hurd said she had never seen it happen, but that it happened the night an enraged Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle of alcohol.

Depp is suing Hurd for libel in Fairfax County Court for an article in December 2018 that she wrote in The Washington Post, describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” His lawyers say the article slandered him, although it never mentioned his name.

Depp has denied he ever hit Hurd and says she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard testified about more than a dozen individual cases of physical violence, she said, she suffered at the hands of Depp.

Moore testified about a severed finger when jurors saw horrific photos of the injury. He said Depp described that his palm was lying on the bar when he was hit by a bottle.

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

While Depp told the jury that Hurd cut off his finger while throwing a bottle of vodka, at the time of the accident he told people and sent text messages saying he did it himself. At one point he said his finger was sandwiched between the hard door of the accordion.

Now Depp says he lied to protect Hurd. Moore testified that pinching his finger in the accordion door would correspond to the injury.

The trial is in its sixth week. Evidence on Monday was relatively common in a lawsuit that gave an ugly look at the couple’s toxic relationship. Hurd’s lawyers were expected to summon Depp on Monday, but that didn’t happen.

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Actor Amber Heard talks to his attorneys in the courtroom of the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, Thursday, May 19, 2022.

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The jury had heard a lot from both Depp and Hurd, each of whom had been on trial for four days, undergoing grueling cross-examination.

Also Monday, a psychiatrist testified that Depp’s behavior was in line with the model of a man whose drug and alcohol abuse contributes to domestic violence.

Depp’s lawyer, Wayne Denison, questioned the ethics and credibility of the psychiatrist’s opinion, given that he had never conducted Depp’s examination.

Later Monday, Denison questioned another Hurd witness, entertainment expert Catherine Arnold, about her allegations that Hurd lost a potential $ 40 million to $ 50 million when another of Depp’s attorneys called Hurd’s allegations of abuse a “fraud.” Based on these statements, Hurd filed a counterclaim against Depp.

Arnold said she measured Hurd’s career with such “comparative” stars as Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa and Zendaya to show where Hurd’s career would have gone if Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman had not slandered her.

Denison in his interrogation ridiculed the opinion that Hurd was in the same league as these stars. He also dismissed Hurd’s role as Mary in the Aquaman superhero franchise, saying the sequel to “Aquaman,” which is due to be released, is more like a “comedy of buddies” than a film in which Hurd plays a romantic role.

Arnold insisted that Hurd “was on the verge of a great career.”

The trial has attracted increasing public attention for its length. People camped at night and quarreled around seats in the queue, trying to get one of the 100 seats in the courtroom set aside for the public. During the morning break, one woman confessed to Depp’s love and asked if he was going to confess that he was the father of the child she was holding.

She was removed from the courtroom.


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