Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn showed Depp photos that were taken before the couple’s honeymoon train ride, in which his eyes seem to have similar marks as the photos taken on the train, after he says Heard hit him. Depp claimed the marks in the earlier pictures weren’t bruises but instead the shadow of his eye cavities.
Rottenborn also showed him a photo from the Orient Express’s Facebook page, a near-exact copy of the picture shown earlier in court, only all the faces in the photo appear brighter, making Depp’s marks from alleged abuse all but disappear. Depp claimed the photo from the train’s Facebook page must have been “photoshopped.”
Following the actor’s testimony that Heard landed the role in Aquaman only after phone calls he made to three WarnerMedia executives, Rottenborn accused Depp of trying to remove her from the film. On Tuesday, WarnerMedia executive Walter Hamada claimed that there had never been a thought to remove or recast Heard in the film over her relationship with Depp.
“I want her replaced on that WB film!” a text from Depp to his sister Christi Dembrowski read. The text came after Heard filed a temporary restraining order without notifying Depp 24 hours in advance, as is customary.
“I have no mercy, no fear, and not an ounce of emotion or what I once thought was love for this gold digging, low level, dime a dozen, mushy, poinless dangling overused flappy fish market,” Depp texted his and Heard’s former agent Chris Carino after the allegations of abuse arose. “I’m so f***ing happy she wants to fight this out!!! She will hit the wall hard!!! And I cannot wait to have this waste of a c** guzzler out of my life!!!”
He ended his time on the stand by reiterating that he never abused Heard.
Robert Neumeister, CEO of USAForensic, took the stand later to testify that photos presented to the jury had gone through photo-editing programs. He pointed to the photo of Heard with a bruised arm and close-up photos of redness on Heard’s face.
“This could not come out of an iPhone,” Neumeister said. “This would go into a computer, be edited, and rendered through the photo editor. This would then be embedded into the EXIF data.”
Heard previously denied that she edited any photos of her injuries during her testimony on the stand.
A former TMZ employee, Morgan Tremaine, also took the stand on Wednesday despite efforts by the news outlet to prevent him from testifying. TMZ sent a lawyer Wednesday to file a motion to prevent Tremaine from testifying and violating his journalistic privilege, which Judge Penney Azcarate denied. Tremaine was subpoenaed to testify.
A video of Depp slamming cabinets and pouring himself a glass of wine originally came into Tremaine’s inbox. He testified that the video he received was not the same as the clip shown in court but was edited. The clip he received did not include the beginning, in which Heard is seen setting up her phone, nor the end, in which Heard is seen fetching her phone and smirking. Tremaine testified TMZ did not edit the video “not even a little bit.” Still, he said, he did not know who sent it to him in the first place.
Less than a week after the video was sent, Tremaine claimed a news producer received a tip that Heard was being deposed in Los Angeles and would be arriving at the LAX airport. Tremaine had also received a tip from a news producer about the date, time, and location Heard would be filing her temporary restraining order against Depp.
Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft accused Tremaine of attempting to grab his “15 minutes of fame,” a phrase she’s used on previous witnesses. Tremaine disagreed, claiming by testifying he was vulnerable to litigation from his former employer.
“I could say the same thing by taking Amber Heard as a client for you,” Tremaine said.
“A little argumentative, don’t you think?” Bredehoft said as members in the gallery gasped.
“Oh, hardly,” Tremaine replied. “I find that to be purely logical thinking.”
You can catch up on previous testimony here.