She appeared as a witness for Mr. Depp, who she dated in the 1990s. She countered testimony from Amber Heard, his ex-wife, who alluded to an incident between them.
Amber Heard, the British model and Johnny Depp’s ex-wife, called Kate Moss to testify in his defamation case against her on Wednesday. This was done as a rebuttal to Ms. Moss’s earlier testimony suggesting that Mr. Depp had pushed her down the stairs during their relationship nearly two decades ago.
Ms. Heard testified about a fight that took place in 2015, during which she said she slapped Mr. Depp because he hit her sister while they were standing at the top of the staircase.
“I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss! And the stairs! And I swung at him.” Ms. Heard said.
While on a video call, Ms. Moss described her memories of falling down the stairs at a resort in Jamaica with Mr. Moss during their relationship, which lasted from 1994 to 1998.
Ms. Moss says that there had been a rainstorm and when she left the room, she slid down the stairs and now has back pain. Mr. Larsson came running back to at him and pick her up and bring her to her room so she could get medical attention.
Mr. Depp never pushed Ms. Moss down the stairs in their lifetime together.
“He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs,” Ms. Moss said.
Mr. Depp sued a British tabloid company and editor after The Sun newspaper called him ‘a wife beater’ in a headline. Ms. Heard had alluded to the ‘rumor’ she had heard about Mr. Depp pushing Ms. Moss down the stairs in an earlier trial in Britain in 2020 that was associated with the question of whether Mr. Depp had physically abused his wife.”
Ms. Moss didn’t testify in the trial, so Mr. Depp’s legal team called her as a witness when Ms. Heard referred to Ms. Moss in court again. When she did, on May 5th, Mr. Depp’s attorney pumped his fist and celebrated the mention which opened the door for Ms. Moss to be called to testify about her relationship with Mr. Depp.
Ms. Heard has accused Mr. Depp of repeated physical abuse, as well as several instances of sexual assault, during their relationship. Mr. Depp denies ever hitting or sexually assaulting Ms. Heard, and says that she is the one who abused him in the relationship.
Lawyers called Ellen Barkin, with whom Mr. Depp was also romantically involved in the 1990s, to testify during the trial. Ms. Barkin testified that he was a “controlling” and “jealous man.” She recounted an incident in a Las Vegas party where, she said, he threw a wine bottle across a hotel room, sparking an attempted fight between Mr. Depp and other people in the room.
Depp sued Heard for defamation over her 2018 Washington Post article in which she said her career suffered after becoming a public figure representing domestic abuse. The article did not mention Depp by name, but he has asserted that its allusions to their relationship “devastated” his acting career.
The jury is considering both Ms. Heard’s lawsuit, which argues that Mr. Depp defamed her by telling the British tabloid The Daily Mail that her abuse claims were a hoax, and his countersuit, which denies those claims.
Ms. Heard has testified that Mr. Depp had a pattern of jealousy-fueled rages, which she said often coincided with his drug and alcohol use and were precipitated by his suspicions that she was having affairs, which she has repeatedly denied. She said that during their relationship, Mr. Depp punched, slapped and kicked her, as well as tore clumps of hair out of her head and sexually assaulted her with a bottle.
Mr. Depp testified over four days in the trial, describing Ms. Heard as someone with a “need for conflict” and a “need for violence.” Issues that he said she had lashed out at him physically over included a potential postnuptial agreement, her desire for Mr. Depp to abstain from drugs and alcohol, and his tardiness to her 30th birthday dinner.
They expect Mr. Depp to be called back to the stand on Wednesday.