A court has given Johnny Depp access to his ex-wife Amber Heard's phone — which he hopes will prove she faked injuries he allegedly gave her.
The "Pirates of the Caribbean" star — who is waging a $50 million libel suit against Heard — claims she doctored photos purporting to show her with two black eyes, which she says she suffered in 2015 at the hands of the actor.
"Ms. Heard's counsel has repeatedly used these phony photographs at deposition," Depp's lawyer Benjamin Chew alleged to the Circuit Court of Fairfax County, Va., in a court filing.
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 35, in Virginia over a 2019 op-ed in the Washington Post by the "Aquaman" actress, in which she wrote about domestic violence — but which he believes was a libelous attack on him.
Though she never mentioned Depp's name in the article, Heard has elsewhere claimed that she suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and a broken lip at his hands during a 2015 attack in Los Angeles, with photos of the alleged injuries published around the world.
Heard claimed she suffered two black eyes, a broken nose and a broken lip at the hands of Depp in 2015.
Chew, however, claims that when the LAPD responded to the alleged beating, "they found no injury upon Ms. Heard and no disruption to the penthouses.
"Ms. Heard and her friends then fabricated photos that she used to obtain an ex parte TRO [temporary restraining order] and a $7 million divorce settlement which Ms. Heard falsely testified in London she gave to the ACLU and, more scandalously, to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; sick children with cancer," Chew alleged in his filing.
He added that the LAPD "disavowed the photographs" and "said they did not depict what they saw."
The Virginia court ruled Wednesday that Depp's team can have an expert look at the phone and see if they can find evidence of any photo tampering.
Chew had argued that earlier images given to Depp's legal team came without any metadata, so their expert, Brian Neumeister, could not verify the details.
Depp and Heard were married from 2015 to 2017.
"Mr. Neumeister's preliminary investigation shows that a number of the photographs have been run through a photo — a photo editing application called Photo 3 that can easily manipulate images such as showing bruises where none actually existed," said Chew.