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A witness for Amber Heard has claimed that Johnny Depp admitted to cutting the tip of his finger off himself.
Raquel ‘Rocky’ Pennington took the stand as a witness for Heard’s side yesterday, 18 May, where she admitted that she and the Aquaman star had ‘grown apart’ but were ‘not enemies’.
As part of her testimony, she discussed the aftermath of the March 2015 incident in Australia, in which Depp lost the tip of his finger.
During his testimony, Depp claimed the injury was a result of Heard throwing bottles of vodka at him in an argument.
Depp shows jury his injured finger. He says he has no feeling in the upper part of his right, middle finger.— Cathy Russon (@cathyrusson) April 20, 2022
After Heard threw the bottle and severed his finger, Depp said Heard was yelling, "high-pitched constant attack of insults"#JohnnyDepp v #AmberHeard @LawCrimeNetwork pic.twitter.com/zgaAYImJf6
When taken to the emergency room, Depp said he lied to the doctor by saying he’d smashed his finger in some ‘large accordion doors’ as he ‘didn’t want to get Heard in trouble’.
Heard denies these claims, alleging that the Pirates of the Caribbean star cut his own finger off in a fit of rage.
Pennington appeared to back up her former friend in her recorded deposition.
When asked if she recalled Depp saying he’d cut his finger off himself she said ‘yes’, adding: “I don't remember how he said he cut the tip of his finger off.”
The mixed martial artist explained that she continued to see Depp’s finger throughout the healing process but that she ‘doesn’t remember’ how he told her he cut it himself.
She was also questioned about an incident in December 2015 when Heard alleges she was violently attacked by the 58-year-old actor.
Pennington testified that she had seen the aftermath of the assault, denying claims that Heard’s injuries were drawn on.
Earlier this week, Heard was grilled by Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez over allegedly contradictory accounts of his abuse, as well as the lack of medical records for injuries she claims to have sustained.
Vasquez also played a number of audio recordings in which Heard described Depp as a ‘sellout’ and a 'joke', and another in which she taunted Depp for being ‘a baby’ about her hitting him.
The lawyer also suggested to Heard that it was Depp who got her the role of Mera in Aquaman, to which she replied: "No, I got myself that role by auditioning."
Depp’s defamation lawsuit, set to continue today, 19 May, is seeking $50 million (£38 million) in damages from Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which she claimed she had become 'a public figure representing domestic abuse', though she didn't name Depp in the article.
Depp's attorneys have accused Heard of orchestrating an elaborate 'hoax' with the 'clear implication' he was an abuser, causing damage to his professional and personal reputation.
Heard has countersued for $100 million, claiming that her career has also suffered as a result of going public with the details of her marriage to Depp.
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