The supermodel, who appeared through video link, testified before a jury at Fairfax, Virginia on May 25, as a rebuttal witness for the controversial defamation trial of Heard and Depp. A few weeks ago, the actress told the court she thought of “Kate Moss and stairs” during an alleged confrontation with her ex-husband.
Moss recalled what happened in the ‘90s when she was on vacation with Depp. She said, “We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did and there had been a rain storm and as I left the room, I slipped down the stairs and I hurt my back.”
She continued, “And I screamed because I was in because I didn’t know what happened to me, and I was in pain and he came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”
She also added that throughout her relationship with Depp from 1994 to 1998, “he never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs.”
Depp, 58, is suing Heard, 36, for $50 million. He claimed that she defamed him after she wrote an op-ed published by Washington Post in 2018, “I became a public figure representing domestic abuse.” She didn’t mention his name in the said essay.
On the other hand, Heard is countersuing the actor for $100 million for allegedly targeting her in an “ongoing harassment and online smear campaign.”
More than a year ago, Depp lost a libel case against News Group Newspapers after an article in The Sun referred to him as a “wife beater”, referring to his marriage to the actress. She alleged Depp abused her during their marriage which he denied.
During that time, Heard also talked about the alleged confrontation among herself, her sister, and Depp. She told the judge that she “remembered information I had heard he pushed a former girlfriend—I believe it was Kate Moss—down the stairs.”
According to Depp’s lawyer, it was the first time the actress brought up any recollection about the alleged incident regarding Kate Moss and the stairs. Back then, the supermodel wasn’t called to testify.
Meanwhile, a U.K. judge said in a 2020 ruling against the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, “Although he has proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in libel, the defendants have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.”