Johnny Depp Medical Team Testifies About Finger Getting Cut Off

  • Johnny Depp’s medical team testified about the night his finger was severed.
  • Depp alleged Amber Heard threw a glass vodka bottle at him, which led to it getting cut off.
  • In texts, Depp said he cut it off himself. Heard alleged he did so as part of a three-day bender.

Jurors in the trial for Johnny Depp’s defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard heard testimony on Monday from his private doctor and nurse who traveled with him the night part of his finger was severed.

Both medical professionals said they didn’t witness the event firsthand. Debbie Lloyd, Depp’s personal nurse, said she heard “different stories from people” after the incident.

“I have heard that Amber threw a bottle of vodka at him,” she said. “I have heard that he had slammed it with a phone.”

The fate of Depp’s right-hand middle finger has become a key detail in the dispute between Depp and Heard.

The trial, held in a court in Fairfax, Virginia, is over a lawsuit Depp brought against Heard in March 2019. He alleged Heard defamed him by insinuating she was the victim of domestic violence in a Washington Post op-ed. Though Heard didn’t name Depp in the article, his lawsuit said it was clear to any reasonable reader that she was referring to their turbulent relationship, which ended in divorce in 2016.

Depp’s lawsuit alleged the reality was that Heard physically abused him. It alleged that on one occasion, Heard hurled a glass vodka bottle at him, which shattered as it came into contact with Depp’s hand and cut through the bone of his finger.

Heard has countersued, denying Depp’s claims and alleging he physically abused her on multiple occasions throughout their relationship.

Depp said he cut off the top of his finger himself

Both Lloyd and Kipper, Depp’s doctor, were staying on an island in Australia on March 7, 2015, the night of the finger severance. The two specialized in addiction cases and were treating Depp for what Kipper diagnosed as an opioid addiction. The two celebrities stayed in a house on the island, while Kipper and Lloyd slept in yurts a short distance away. The medical professionals’ depositions, taken earlier this year, were played in court Monday.

Depp sent Kipper a text that night saying his finger was severed, according to records shown in court.

“I cut the top of my middle finger off. What should I do? Except of course go to a hospital,” Depp wrote to Kipper. “I’m so embarrassed for jumping into anything with her.”

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Dr. David Kipper, Johnny Depp’s doctor, testifies remotely on a video screen in the courtroom Monday.

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When Kipper arrived, he treated the wound and took him to the emergency room, he testified. He instructed Depp’s security guards to look for the rest of the finger, which a chef found on the floor of the kitchen area, where Depp and Heard were fighting.

One of Depp’s staff members brought the finger to the emergency room, Lloyd said. It was ultimately reattached.

Kipper, who is still Depp’s physician, testified that Heard didn’t have any visible injuries and didn’t seek treatment for any issues. In his notes, Kipper didn’t write anything about a bottle being thrown and took at face value Depp’s assessment that he cut it off himself. Depp also told hospital workers he cut himself with a knife, Kipper testified.

Depp texted Kipper several days after the incident, once again blaming himself for the incident.

“Thank you for everything. I have chopped off my left middle finger as a reminder that I should never cut my finger off again!!” Depp wrote. “I love you, brother. Johnny.”

The finger-cutting incident was also at issue in a lawsuit Depp brought against The Sun, a British tabloid, which went to trial in the UK in 2020. Depp alleged that Heard went “berserk” when he brought up having a prenuptial agreement, the New York Post reported.

Heard alleged Depp sliced off the tip of his own finger after a three-day bender, the Post reported. She alleged he had been intoxicated and assaulted her multiple times on that Australia trip.

Depp ultimately lost the UK lawsuit.

Kipper testified in the Virginia lawsuit that Heard at some point became his patient as well. He said he never saw Heard abuse Depp, never saw any physical evidence that Depp abused Heard, and that neither of them sought treatment for injuries that appeared to be domestic abuse.

Later, Depp appeared to be in good spirits with his fingers in a cast.

“I remember him pretending he had a claw,” Lloyd said.

Lloyd’s testimony also delved into a trip she made with Depp to his private island in 2014 to detox from opiates. 

Heard was also on the island and helped Depp through the detox process, but the couple appeared to have issues. 

In her patient notes, Lloyd described Depp as starting to have second thoughts about the detox process during the trip. 

“Patient states that he had a fight with his fiancée and is questioning whether or not he can emotionally and physically handle detox,” the note from August 18, 2014, said. 

Depp, Heard, and the health professionals returned to Los Angeles soon after, with Depp saying that part of his desire to detox was because of “tension” with Heard. After returning to LA, Lloyd said in her notes that Heard would be starting therapy and getting her own nurse as she started a mood stabilizer.

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