Who is Norbert Neumeister? Metadata Expert Says Amber Heard’s Bruising Images Have Been EDITED
Metadata expert Norbert “Bryan” Neumeister testified in the Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial that he analyzed several photos of the actress and concluded that she rendered them in an editing program. He demonstrated that the software for the files was not from an iPhone and that the images had been modified.
Speaking of an image with a supposed bruise on Heard’s arm, Neumeister said: “These photos will not be digitally fingerprinted with each other. There is no way to authenticate a photo the way that the proof was presented. These three photos had to go through some type of transformation to change their size.”
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Using Exif data analysis, he testified that there was “no way for a forensic expert to validate these photos” and that several photographs of Heard had been altered. Neumeister added: “It’s the exact same photo that was edited once, and once that wasn’t. The colors were edited in an editor.” Heard’s legal team repeatedly objected whenever specifics were mentioned, cutting technicalities.
Who is Norbert Neumeister?
Norbert “Bryan” Neumeister is a forensic and metadata expert who has worked at USAForensic, LLC as Managing Director for over 32 years. He started his career as a helicopter photographer in the 1980s and previously worked at KPNX-TV. According to Pimiso, Neumeister is an expert in image analysis, mobile phones, sound engineering, multimedia, photography and microelectronics. It is said to have won 39 Emmys and won gold for audio at the Cannes and Calgary film festivals.
Previously, Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, accused Heard of editing his injury photos during cross-examination. Heard claimed that the two similar images were actually two photos taken separately with different lighting. But Vasquez insisted, “Isn’t it true that you just edited those photos? And you just enhanced the saturation of one of those photos to make your face redder.” Internet users have also called on Heard for the editing, cropping and improvement of his photographs.
One user superimposed the photos on top of each other and tweeted, “Here is the proof, overlay of the two photos. Amber Heard edited her photos to make her face red. #DeppVsHeard #JusticeForJohhnyDepp.” Another wrote, “Amber Heard edited her ‘bruise’ photos. Then she testified in court that they were unedited and completely different photos, that’s a big lie. #DeppHeardTrial #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #AmberHeardlsAnAbuser.”
Another tweet read, “Amber Heard claims the difference between these is that they turned on a light. So Rocky apparently moved, turned on a light, and got the photo in the exact same spot. This photo is edited, they’re identical. She framed Johnny Depp #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #DeppHeardTrial.” A fourth user added, “This is just crazy Amber Heard edited photos #JohnnyDeppVsAmberHeard #JohnnyDeppAmberHeardTrial #JusticeForJohnnyDepp.”
Additionally, Heard made a verbal slip during her testimony, which instantly went viral. The 36-year-old actress said: “And then if you want to cover a bruise, obviously you put on foundation first, concealer, and then on top of that I use like a bruise kit.” Heard quickly corrected herself and added, “It’s not a bruise kit, it’s a theater makeup kit. A color correction kit, but I call it my bruise kit. “
Aside from the “bruise kit” slip which stated that Heard was creating bruises using the bruise kit, people also criticized her for the makeup order which she had no idea. Netizens called out the makeup order she described, which was incorrect because any color correcting product is supposed to go under foundation and concealer, not over it, as described by Heard.