Kate Moss will testify on Wednesday in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard. Kate Moss, who dated Johnny Depp in the 1990s, is expected to be called as a rebuttal witness by his legal team in the ongoing trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard.
According to sources familiar with the situation, the British fashion icon, Kate Moss will testify via video link in a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday.
On May 5, Heard testified against Depp, describing numerous incidents during their relationship, which ended in 2016, when Depp allegedly mistreated her. Heard brought up Moss, who dated Depp from 1994 to 1997, during one of the two’s arguments. Heard referred to an allegation that Depp pushed Moss down a flight of stairs during their relationship in the 1990s, however, Moss has never accused Depp of being violent during their time together.
On May 17, Heard was asked to explain her connection to Moss during cross-examination. “You thought he was going to throw your sister down the stairs like he had thrown Kate Moss down the stairs, right?” one of Depp’s lawyers joked. “I’ve heard a rumor, big rumor, about that.” Heard said.
By bringing Moss as part of its rebuttal case, Depp’s legal team might try to use her testimony to undercut Heard’s credibility and, potentially, give another narrative about how he has handled romantic partners.
Moss was not expected to appear at first since the supposed staircase incident had nothing to do with a specific complaint in the Virginia case. According to analysts, Heard’s reference to the model prepared the path for Depp’s team to summon her to testify.
Depp, 58, is suing ex-wife Heard for $50 million after she dubbed herself a “public figure symbolizing domestic abuse” in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Her piece did not name the actor, but he believes it ruined his career and cost him millions of dollars.
Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, claiming that he defamed her in 2020 when he and his lawyers told the press that she had made up her allegations of abuse.
Heard’s team presented several expert witnesses, including two physicians, during Monday’s trial hearings.
Witness 1: Dr. Richard Moore, an orthopedic physician who specializes in hand procedures, testified as an expert that the injuries Depp suffered to his finger following an event in Australia were inconsistent with his claim that Heard hit his hand with a glass vodka bottle.
Witness 2: Dr. David Spiegel, a psychiatrist who is an expert in intimate partner violence, testified that he believes Depp showed behaviors that are consistent with someone who has a substance use disorder as well as consistent behaviors of someone who is a perpetrator of intimate partner violence. Neither Moore nor Spiegel has ever examined or spoken with Depp. Both reviewed medical records and testimony associated with the case.