In late April, Johnny Depp testified that Amber Heard severed his fingertip during an argument in March 2015, Australia, just a few months after their wedding. He explained that Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, which shattered on his hand and injured his finger as a result. She denied the accusation and countered that he done it himself.
After Depp's testimony, an old video clip began to circulate through the internet where Johnson appeared to notice Depp’s injured finger while the two were promoting their movie Black Mass at the Venice Film Festival in September 2015. The clip was uploaded to YouTube on May 1 and quickly went viral.
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During the short clip — in which the actors are seated beside one another at a press conference — Johnson appears to look down at Depp’s finger, before making a comment to him. Though their conversation can’t be heard, Johnson seems to be gesturing toward the injury.
He then appears to offer some kind of lighthearted explanation, which prompts Johnson to laugh and sit back in her chair. However, soon after she sits back, Johnson stops laughing and continues to face him with what his fans took to be a look of concern. Depp’s supporters interpreted Johnson's body language in this moment to suggest that she perhaps didn’t believe the explanation he had provided her with.
Despite calls for comment, Johnson has not addressed these claims. And though the clip certainly made waves on the internet, it didn’t wind up making its way into the courtroom.
Speaking to Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth, Johnson confirmed that she had seen the viral clip in question and feared she may be called to testify.
“I don’t remember that at all, but please, take me out of this. Don’t let this go further.
Can you imagine, oh, my God, if I was called to the witness stand?
I can’t believe that people are watching [the trial] like it’s a show. It’s like it’s a courtroom drama and my heart breaks. It’s so, so, so crazy. Humans are so fucking weird. The internet is a wild, wild place.”
— Dakota Johnson, speaking to Vanity Fair’s Britt Hennemuth
At this stage in the conversation, Hennemuth wrote that Johnson refrained from commenting in more detail, citing “the risks to people in her position.”