Tech Expert Authenticates Amber Heard's Texts with Johnny Depp's Assistant, Says They Are Not 'Doctored'
A computer forensic consultant has confirmed the text exchange detailing Depp's abuse toward Heard is legitimate.
On Wednesday, June 1, a series of text messages between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's assistant Stephen Deuters went public. In it, the 30-year-old and Deuters discuss an event in which Depp kicked Heard, failing to remember the event until Deuters informed him after the fact:
"...and definitely wouldn't say to me that he doesn't deserve it. I'm sad that he doesn't have a better way to really know the severity of his actions yesterday. Unfortunately for me, I remember in full detail everything that happened," Heard writes.
"He was appalled," Deuters responds. "When I told him he kicked you, he cried. It was disgusting. And he knows it..."
Two days later, Deuters told TMZ no such conversation had ever taken place, assuring he'd testify under oath that he never had a conversation about Depp's violence toward Heard with anyone at all. He even labeled the texts "suspicious" because "they don't show a date":
"Deuters says he knows of no acts of abuse toward Amber at the hands of Johnny and has never made such a claim to anyone," the site claimed. "He adds, Johnny has never been violent toward anyone he knows."
On Monday, June 6, however, People obtained a signed statement by computer forensic consultant Kevin Cohen, who after analyzing the text messages, confirmed they are legitimate:
"[Cohen] says he authenticated the May 25, 2014, time stamp on the text exchange, and asserts that none of its contents had been altered," the site said.
Here's Cohen's statement:
"On Sunday, June 5, 2016, I was asked to examine iPhone backups of Amber Heard. It was her normal routine to sync her iPhone on the computer. I forensically imaged and examined the device containing Ms. Heard's iPhone backups, and I conclude that the backups are authentic."
Heard filed for divorce on May 23, proceeding to request a domestic abuse restraining order on May 27. She has since released several photos of the alleged physical abuse.