- Amber Heard’s team said a forensic analysis cast doubt on the authenticity of photos of injuries submitted by Johnny Depp.
- Heard was also accused of editing photos of alleged abuse during their defamation trial.
- Almost 6,000 pages of documents from the Depp-Heard trial were unsealed this weekend.
Amber Heard’s lawyers have accused Johnny Depp of doctoring photos of his scratches and bruises, as well as Heard’s audio, filed as part of their defamation lawsuit earlier this year, according to newly unsealed court documents.
Heard’s team, including attorneys Benjamin Rotterborn and Elaine Bredehoft, claimed that metadata from photos submitted by Depp’s team contained dates that showed the photos were altered years after they were taken, according to a motion request from December 2021 unsealed over the weekend and reviewed by The Daily Beast.
Among the alleged discrepancies was a photo that had a creation date of 2019, even though the photo was supposed to have been taken in 2015, according to the motion. Another photo did not have a creation date, but had a modified date of July 2020, Heard’s team said.
The group also asked Depp to produce “all recordings containing Ms. Heard’s voice.” shows the request, but claimed that the audio files provided had been edited. Heard’s team requested the full audio.
Medical examiner Julian Ackert, who was hired by Heard’s team to review Depp’s photo and audio documents, questioned their authenticity, The Daily Beast reported.
“The loss of creation dates and/or modification dates that are later than the events may be a sign of manipulation of digital evidence,” Heard’s team said of Ackert’s analysis.
The court decided to exclude Ackert’s testimony during the trial, according to a motion filed by Dep’s team.
Depp’s team argued that the “altered” dates Ackert cited meant when the image was last saved and said Ackert’s findings would create “unfair prejudice” that would “mislead the jury.”
Heard came under scrutiny during 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 that 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 they hadn’t noticed bruises on Heard’s face at the time.
Ackert testified during the trial which Heard’s photographs were original. Depp’s medical examiner, Bryan Neumeister, testified that he could no verification whether or not the photos were tampered with.
Depp’s lawyer did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.