Kate Moss took the stand in her libel trial and denied Amber Heard’s claim that Johnny Depp pushed her down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s.
Moss testified just minutes Wednesday via video link, saying she fell down some stairs while the couple was on vacation in Jamaica, and that Depp helped her up and took care of her at the time.
“We were leaving the room, Johnny left before me and there had been a storm,” he said. “When I left the room, I slipped down the stairs and hurt my back.”
“I screamed, because I didn’t know what had happened to me and I was in pain. He came running back to help me and took me to my room and got me medical attention.”
When asked about the relationship in general, which lasted from 1994 to 1998, Moss said: “He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down the stairs.”
The defense declined to question Moss.
After her testimony concluded, a source close to Heard told The Independent : “So Johnny Depp didn’t mistreat Kate Moss. That puts him at 1 out of 2 in the mistreatment column.”
“But, to date, he is 0 for 1 in the courtroom on the core issue in this case when he lost the exact same case in England. And when the jury deliberates on the singular issue in this case, if Amber Heard is able to exercise her right to free speech, she will be 0 out of 2, no matter how much her attorneys try to distract and divert the jury’s attention.”
Moss’s name was mentioned in the courtroom earlier this month during Heard’s testimony, when he described a time when Depp allegedly “[lanzó un golpe] to” his sister while she had her back to a ladder.
Heard said this reminded her of another incident during which she alleges Depp pushed Moss down the stairs as they were dating in the 1990s.
“I just instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs in my head,” Heard said.
the actress of Aquaman had previously made the allegation during Depp’s 2020 trial against The Sun in the UK, according to Associated Press: “He was about to push her down the stairs and a moment before that happened, I remembered the information I had heard that he pushed an ex-girlfriend, I think it was Kate Moss, down the stairs.”
Moss and Depp dated for about four years beginning in 1994. The press often described their relationship as tumultuous, particularly after an incident in 1994 when Depp was arrested for criminal mischief after allegedly vandalizing a hotel room he shared with Moss. reported People.
Until his testimony on Wednesday, Moss had never publicly responded to Heard’s claim that Depp pushed her down the stairs, which he denies.
After Heard mentioned Moss in his testimony as part of the US case, Depp’s lawyer Ben Chew was seen giving an apparent fist bump, sparking speculation that the mention of Moss could benefit the US case. Depp’s legal team in some way.
Broderick Dunn, a Virginia-based attorney, told Fox5 that “since Heard brought up Depp’s previous alleged misdeeds, he may have opened the door to his own,” according to the website.
That speculation came true on May 17 during Heard’s cross-examination, where he was asked about a 2009 family violence arrest involving his then-partner Tasya van Ree.
The alleged incident was reported in 2016 by TMZwho wrote that Heard “allegedly grabbed and hit [a van Ree] in the arm, which bothered [a van Ree] and caused the arrest.
The prosecution declined to press charges when Heard appeared in court the next day, reported People in 2016.
In 2016, van Ree shared a statement with Variety which read, “In 2009, Amber was wrongfully accused of an incident that was misrepresented and exaggerated by two people in a position of power.”
When questioned in court, Heard denied committing family violence against van Ree or assaulting her. She alleged that the story was “planted” after she obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp in 2016.