Amber Heard’s sister told her employer that the ‘Aquaman’ actress ‘did it now’ and cut Johnny Depp’s finger with a bottle, according to a deposition that emerged following the unsealing of more than 6,000 pages of court documents during the weekend.
Newly unsealed legal documents detail efforts by lawyers for Depp and Heard to obtain certain claims and exhibits presented or excluded from their explosive defamation lawsuit in Fairfax, Virginia.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star testified in April that during a couple’s feud in Australia in 2015, Heard threw him a bottle of vodkawho broke and severed the tip of his finger.
Heard denied causing Depp’s injury, saying he injured his own finger in a drunken rage – possibly when he smashed a wall phone into ‘a thousand pieces’ – then assaulted her sexually with a bottle of vodka.
The cache of unsealed documents includes a transcript of a deposition from Jennifer Howell, a former boss of Heard’s sister, Whitney Henriquez, in which she describes when Henriquez allegedly received a message from Heard regarding the gruesome incident in Australia. .
“She just yelled, ‘She’s done it now. She cut off her fucking finger,” and made this huge proclamation. And I pushed my chair back. I was like, ‘What?’ “Howell told Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez.
“And she goes, ‘She cut off his finger. She cut off his finger. And then she rushed out the door and said, ‘I have to call someone. I have to call someone,” Howell added.
When Vasquez asked Howell if Henriquez had clarified who “she” and “he” were in his statement, Howell replied, “It was Amber and Johnny, and she had apparently thrown a bottle and cut off his finger, c is what (Henriquez) reported when she came back from the person she had spoken to outside.
During the explosive trial, Depp admitted in court that he lied to a doctor about the circumstances of his horrific finger injury.
“I said I broke it in those big concertina doors,” the actor said from the stand. “I didn’t want to get (Heard) in trouble. I tried to keep things as copacetic and as easy as possible for everyone. I didn’t want to put his name in this mix.
A jury awarded Depp, 59, $10.35 million for being defamed by a 2018 opinion piece in The Washington Post in which Heard made allegations of domestic violence.
Heard, 36, was awarded $2 million for his claims that Depp’s former attorney made false and damaging comments about him to the media.
Both sides are appealing.
Additional reporting by Ben Kesslen