Expert Claims Amber’s Photos Are Fake
An expert testified on Wednesday that the photos of Amber Heard’s bruising previously presented as evidence during the defamation trial were edited.
Bryan Neumeister, a digital forensics expert was called by Johnny Depp’s lawyers as a rebuttal witness in the ongoing defamation trial. Neumeister was asked to analyze several photographs of Heard showing bruises on her face and arms. Heard’s team had previously presented the photos as evidence of alleged physical abuse by Depp.
Neumeister, a metadata expert, said some of the photos “showed that the software for the file was not from an iPhone, but that it was rendered in an editing program.”
Neumeister said the pictures he had analyzed were screengrabs, meaning that they had not come directly from the iPhone that captured them, meaning the data was altered.
“There’s no way to authenticate any photo that was presented in the way the evidence was collected,” Neumeister said.
The metadata expert also testified that one photo in particular, which appears to show a bruise on Heard’s arm, “had to go through some type of transformation to change sizes” and that the three files “don’t match forensically.” Neumeister said that he believed several photographs had been modified.