Amber Heard’s team said a forensic investigation called into question the authenticity of the injury photos submitted by Johnny Depp.
Heard was also charged with editing photos of alleged abuse during their defamation trial.
Nearly 6,000 pages of documents from the Depp-Heard trial were unlocked this weekend.
Amber Heard’s lawyers accused Johnny Depp of editing photos of his scrapes and bruises, as well as audio of Heard, which were filed earlier this year as part of their defamation lawsuit, according to newly revealed court documents.
Heard’s team, which includes attorneys Benjamin Rotterborn and Elaine Bredehoft, claimed that photo metadata submitted by Depp’s team included dates showing the photos had been altered years after they were taken, according to a motion for a motion. of December 2021 that was unsealed and reviewed over the weekend by The Daily Beast.
Among the alleged discrepancies was a photo with a creation date of 2019, although the photo allegedly was taken in 2015. Another photo had no creation date but had an amended date of July 2020, Heard’s team said.
The team also requested that Depp produce “all recordings with the voice of Ms. Heard,” the request stated, but claimed the audio files provided had been edited. Heard’s team has requested the full audio.
Forensic expert Julian Acert, who was hired by Heard’s team to review Depp’s photo and audio documents, questioned their authenticity, The Daily Beast reported.
“Missing creation dates and/or post-date modification dates may be a sign of manipulation of digital evidence,” Heard’s team said of Ackert’s analysis.
The court ruled that Ackert’s testimony at the trial was ruled out, according to a motion filed by Depp’s team.
Depp’s team argued that the “modified” data Acert referenced indicates when the image was last saved and said Acert’s findings would create “unfair biases” that would “mislead the jury.”
Heard came under scrutiny at the trial after two images of her bruises from May 2016 were shown side by side during the trial, with one image noticeably redder than the other.
Depp’s team claimed Heard edited the photos to make her face “look redder,” which Heard denied. Heard said the photos were different because of the lighting.
Depp’s attorney then brought in witnesses who said he saw no bruises on Heard’s face at the time.
Acert testified at the trial that Heard’s photos were original. Depp’s forensic witness, Bryan Neumeister, testified that he was unable to verify whether the photos were altered.
A lawyer for Depp did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.
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