The Pirates of the Caribbean actor is suing his ex-wife for defamation, with the bombshell trial currently on a break and set to continue next week.
The Aquaman actress’ team previously tried to submit a picture showing her with an injured lip and a note thought to be written by the 58-year-old – but after objections from the plaintiff, the judge agreed that it was not offered up in time, meaning it has not been included.
It has now been suggested that the picture is from 2012, a year after she said the first violent incident took place in the UK defamation case, which Depp lost.
According to TMZ, who obtained the photo, his team said this doesn’t follow the timeline of her allegations – and the metadata reportedly confirms that it was taken in 2012.
A source close to Heard told the outlet that she had a mix-up in her dates for the UK case, with her therapist records reportedly showing that the alleged abuse stemmed from 2012.
‘The panicked Depp’s team is fighting tooth and nail to prevent compelling evidence of abuse and photos such as this from being introduced,’ a spokesperson for Heard told Metro.co.uk of the claims.
‘They continue their losing strategy: distract the jury and demonize the defendant.’
Appearing on the stand at the Fairfax County Courthouse last week, the 36-year-old told the court of the moment she was allegedly attacked by her ex-husband.
‘I was in one of these fights. I believe it’s this one, in his downtown ECB, we call it, loft, and we’re in the kitchen living room area and he backhands me,’ she said.
‘He wears a lot of rings. I remember just feeling like my lip went into my teeth, and it got a little blood on the wall.