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Orthopedic surgeon testifies that Depp’s finger was severed
Dr. Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon, testified in Heard’s defense that he did not believe Depp’s account of how his finger was severed.
Moore said he reviewed photos and medical records as well as Depp’s testimony about how the tip of the actor’s right middle finger was cut off. Depp testified that Heard cut his fingertip by throwing two bottles of vodka at him in Australia in 2015 as the couple fought.
The description offered by Depp would have caused more injury to Depp’s fingernail, which was intact, and surrounding tissue, Moore said.
“Well, the medical data is inconclusive,” Moore said. “It’s not consistent with what we see in the injury pattern described…the description was the hand flat on the bar and the bottle crushing the finger from above. But looking at the pictures, it doesn’t there really is no significant injury to the back of the finger and created the type of injury…we are anticipating injury to both the nail and other parts of the finger.”
Graphic images of Depp’s finger were displayed for the jury as Moore explained his reasoning.
The injury appears more consistent with the finger stuck between two hard, opposing surfaces, like having a finger between sliding glass doors, Moore said.
Moore also noted that the doctors who immediately treated Depp in 2015 did not write in their records the presence of shards of glass at the sight of the injury. There were also no references to shards of glass in the rest of the hand or lacerations elsewhere on Depp, Moore said.
“This injury doesn’t really appear to be a sharp glass laceration,” Moore said.