The unveiled documents reveal a deposition from Jennifer Howell, a former friend and boss of Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez, speaking about the finger incident that allegedly took place in 2015.
She recollects when Amber’s sister scream in the office ‘she’s cut off his God damn finger’ while the celebrity couple were in Australia as Depp was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean film.
The deposition was made public over the weekend when thousands of pages of documents filed in Depp and Heard’s defamation trial were unsealed.
In June, Heard was ordered to pay Depp $10.35 million at the end of an explosive six-week trial, when a jury ruled she had defamed her ex-husband in a newspaper opinion piece published in 2018.
Actor Johnny Depp displays the middle finger of his hand, which he claims was injured while he and his ex-wife Amber Heard were in Australia in 2015
Amber Heard leaving Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse. Heard was rewarded $2 million in compensatory damages out of the $100 million she asked for
Johnny Depp’s severed finger, following an incident in Australia in 2015. Jennifer Howell, a former friend and boss of Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez, said that she exclaimed when Amber allegedly ‘cut off his finger’
Depp received $15 million, including $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. The judge later capped the damages at the state’s maximum of $350,000 leaving Depp with a total of $8.35 million.
Meanwhile, Heard won one of her three countersuits claims related to statements made by Depp’s lawyer suggesting she and her friends trashed their apartment before calling the police.
Heard was rewarded $2 million in compensatory damages out of the $100 million she asked for.
Speaking with Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez, Howell said: ‘I was sitting exactly where I’m sitting right now because I’m sitting at my desk in the office. So I was sitting right here on my computer, working, in my zone, responding, doing whatever I was doing.
‘And right over there, there were two black-and-white chairs at the time with a table in between it. Whitney was sitting in one of the black-and-white chairs.
‘There’s a door that goes out right over there as well, and she just screamed, ‘She’s done it now. She’s cut off his God damn finger,’ and made this huge proclamation. And I pushed my chair back. I was like, ‘What?’
‘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.’
‘And she went out the door and she called someone. I don’t know who she called. That’s what was said.’
When asked if Henriquez had specified who the ‘she’ and ‘he’ were in the scenario, Howell responded: ‘It was Amber and Johnny.
‘And she apparently had thrown a bottle and cut off his finger, is what she reported when she came back in from whoever she talked to outside.’
Heard denied causing the injury, saying that he hurt himself during a drunken rage.
Depp also told the court that he lied to a doctor over how he got the finger injury at the time.
Whitney Henriquez (pictured), sister of actress Amber Heard testifies at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia
Meanwhile, unsealed court documents show Amber Heard walked away from a divorce payout from Johnny Depp that could have run to tens-of-millions of dollars, as the financially-challenged actress sells her beloved California home.
Documents seen by the Daily Beast show that the Aquaman star, 36, ignored guidance from her legal team not to pursue Depp for the maximum cash she was entitled to after they filed for divorce in 2016.
She could have sought half Depp’s $33 million he made filming the fourth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean, since it was made while they were married.
But Heard chose not to, and wrote them an email saying she was being ‘amazingly true to (her) word, that this is not about the money.’
A judge refused to let that evidence be admitted during Depp’s defamation lawsuit against Heard.
She was ordered to pay Depp a total of $8.3 million after being found guilty of defamation, but says she doesn’t have enough cash to do so.
She may now have begun raising some of that cash by selling her Yucca Valley home in the California desert for $1.05million, a profit of about $500,000 for Heard, as per TMZ.
Heard allegedly bought the house in 2019 through an anonymous trust tied to the actress.
There is speculation about Heard’s ability to immediately cover the damages, which includes $10million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages.
She will also receive $2million from Depp in a counter-lawsuit, leaving her with just over $8million to pay.