Tech Expert Authenticates Text Exchange Between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's Assistant

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As family and friends rush to support Johnny Depp in the wake of Amber Heard's abuse allegations, a technology expert has authenticated the text message exchange that allegedly took place between Heard and Depp's assistant Stephen Deuters and chronicled instances of abuse. 

PEOPLE obtained a signed statement by a computer forensic consultant that reveals the text exchange that has been circulating was not altered. 

"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," Kevin Cohen, the tech expert stated. "I forensically imaged and examined the device containing Ms. Heard's iPhone backups, and I conclude that the backups are authentic."

Along with this statement, PEOPLE also obtained additional text messages that allegedly show Heard and Stephen Deuters discussing the possibility of getting the actor medical attention.

In one message, Deuters and Heard talk about flying out a doctor to Boston (where Depp was filming Black Mass), who has the last name of a prominent L.A. addiction specialist. The messages also allege that Depp was open to receiving help at the time. 

Deuters told TMZ last week that the texts were doctored and he never discussed any abuse with Heard.