On Wednesday, May 25, Kate Moss testified in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation trial. What she said was in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.
If you haven't been following the trial, here is a recap of what has happened.
The renowned actor Johnny Depp has been tagged as an abuser for years. This follows a highly publicized scandal that involved his ex, Amber Heard.
Their relationship started after they met on the set of The Rum Diary, after Depp's relationship with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis, ended.
Depp and Amber got engaged in 2014 and tied the knot in February 2015. However, their supposed happiness was short-lived.
There were reports of Depp suffering a hand injury from "smashing bottles and windows" just months after their wedding during an argument with his wife. That was one of many reports indicating that things were not all good with the couple.
Many reports of abuse began to surface, and in March 2016, Heard filed for divorce just fifteen months after they got married.
Heard reportedly cited "irreconcilable differences" for their divorce, and it all seemed unsuspicious for a while. But a few months after, Heard filed for a restraining order against Depp under claims of a previous assault.
One day before the hearing was held, Heard retracted her allegations. After making such a significant allegation, the retraction felt suspicious.
Still, the world turned against Johnny Depp.
Heard alleged that Depp had hit her on "several occasions." She even provided video footage showing him flinging a glass of wine across the room in anger.
Then in 2018, The Washington Post published an op-ed where the actress talked about her experience with domestic abuse and violence.
The op-ed did not explicitly name Depp as the abuser, but she referenced a time that collides with when she was in a relationship with Depp.
She said: "Two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture's wrath for women who speak out."
Heard received the support of many and was even made the American Civil Liberties Union's "Ambassador for Women's Issues."
On the other hand, Depp bore the brunt of the public's anger. Even though he profusely denied all allegations against him, his career took a hit.
He got lesser and lesser roles, and after he appeared in The Crimes of Grindelwald, a sequel to J.K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts, there were heavy criticisms.
He was also dropped from his iconic role as Captain Jack Sparrow. Four days after Amber's article was released, Disney announced that the actor was dropped from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Although Disney did not directly say that Heard's allegations influenced this decision, it seemed like the most likely reason. Many assumed that they were trying to distance themselves from the actor and his scandal.
But now, there is a twist to these events.
Johnny Depp filed a $50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard. He alleged that all along, he was the one at the receiving end of the abuse, not Heard.
His defamation lawsuit read:
"The op-ed [Heard's article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her." It stated that Heard's claims were "categorically and demonstrably false."
It also listed different incidents of the actress' abuse since the beginning of their marriage. These included punching and kicking and even staging her attacks.
It read: "She hit, punched, and kicked me. She repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me."
To make matters worse, in audio obtained and released by the Daily Mail, Heard can be heard admitting to attacking Depp.
In the clip, she can be heard taunting Depp, saying: "You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn't matter how friendly it is, it's not cool."
Depp had sued The Sun for describing him as a "wife-beater" in a 2018 article. He went to court for this libel case, and he and Heard had to appear in court for the 3-week trial.
The court case, which took place in July 2020, was grueling. With it came even more allegations as evidence, including compromising photos of each other, were released.
Unfortunately for Depp, he lost the case. This did extra damage to his career, but Johnny Depp is still determined to prove that the pictures Heard shared in that trial were forged.
He alleged that the pictures were made to look like he was abusing her when it was the other way around.
Page Six reported that Depp's lawyers claim that Heard altered the photos to make it look like she had a black eye.
Benjamin Chew, Depp's lawyer, said:
"Ms. Heard's counsel has repeatedly used these phony photographs at deposition."
He also claimed that he believes that the photographs previously given to the court had been "disavowed" by the LA Police Department because they "did not depict what they saw."
He also said that the LAPD, after inspection, "found no injury upon Ms. Heard and no disruption to the penthouses."
"Ms. Heard and her friends then fabricated photos that she used to obtain an ex parte TRO [temporary restraining order] and a $7 million divorce settlement which Ms. Heard falsely testified in London she gave to the ACLU and, more scandalously, to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles; sick children with cancer."
He concluded that someone had "doctored those photographs."
"So, Ms. Heard or someone on her behalf doctored those photographs three years later. When that came up in her testimony in London, Ms. Heard falsely denied it. In short, Your Honour, without forensic imaging, Mr. Neumeister cannot properly assess or verify Ms. Heard's data."
The court granted Depp and his lawyers access to Heard's phone records with these revelations. These will be analyzed by tech expert Brian Neumeister.
Because Heard is countersuing Depp, many celebrity names have popped up in the defamation trial, and some have appeared in court to testify either for Heard or Depp.
One of such celebrities is Paul Bettany. Heard's team used his texts with Depp against them. The texts might display violent language targeted at Heard.
The news outlet also reported that on Heard's exhibit list will be text messages and emails between Heard, Jason Momoa, James Wan, author J.K. Rowling, and guitarist Jack White.
Ellen Barkin, Depp's former flame, testified for Heard. The actress had previously written about Heard's allegations; "Amber Heard was never enough of a victim. And we never will be... Unless we're dead."
Depp took the stand at the Fairfax County courthouse on April 19. According to LADbible, Depp called Heard's claims "heinous and disturbing."
He said that her allegations were "criminal acts" against him "that were not based on any species of truth." He denied ever hitting her or any other woman.
"Never did I myself reach the point of striking Miss Heard in any way, nor have I ever struck any woman in my life. Since I knew there was no truth to it whatsoever, I felt it my responsibility to stand up, not only for myself in that instance, but stand up for my children," he told the court.
He also spoke about how the allegations have affected his kids. He said: "I thought it was diabolical that my children would have to go to school and have their friends or people in the school approach them with the infamous People Magazine cover with Miss Heard with a dark bruise on her face."
Depp also said that being a private person, "to come up here and sit before you all and spill the truth is quite exposing. Unfortunately, it's not only exposing for myself, it's exposing for my family, it's exposing for Miss Heard, it never had to go in this direction."
He keeps revealing more about the time spent with Heard. These include audio recordings of fights, text messages showing horrific desires, and admissions about his severed finger.
Depp's team finally rested their case on May 3.
On that same day, Heard's legal team tried to dismiss the case because Depp's team did not prove malice and thatHeard had not written the headline for The Washington Post op-ed.
However, the attempts for dismissal were denied.
The trial continued on May 4, and Heard took the stand for the first time.
She talked about some alleged incidents of violence, one of which was an alleged fight between Depp and his sister, Whitney. While recalling that fight, she mentioned Kate Moss.
According to Marie Claire, Heard said Whitney had thrown herself "in line of fire."
"She was trying to get Johnny to stop. Her back was to the staircase, and Johnny swung at her. I don't hesitate and wait. I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs."
This was likely a reference to the rumor that Depp had once pushed Kate Moss down the stairs. Depp and Moss had dated in the '90s.
When Heard mentioned Moss, Benjamin Chew was captured turning to his colleague for a fist pump before turning to whisper something to Depp.
The excitement likely was because what Heard mentioned could help their case. It presented an opportunity for Depp's legal team to debunk rumors of him pushing the actress down the stairs.
Moss was to take the stand as a witness to address that alleged incident on Wednesday, and she did.
The New York Post reported that according to lawyer Mitra Ahouraian, Moss' testimony was not allowed to come in before because it wasn't relevant.
"That's one mistake that [Heard] made,... bringing up Kate Moss, which potentially opened the door to bringing ]Moss] on as an impeachment witness."
One source told The New York Post about the incident when Moss "was walking down some stairs in Jamaica."
The source explained:
"She was wearing flip flops, and she slipped on the last two stairs. Johnny caught her and tended to her. Johnny picked up Kate and carried her – this was hardly Amber's scary interpretation of events."
Speaking about Moss, they added: "Kate has nothing to gain in giving testimony, but she feels strongly about defending her friend."
Fans had some things to say on Twitter as well.
One person wrote:
"Johnny Depp being on good terms with Winona Ryder, Kate Moss, and Vanessa Paradis while Amber heard's ex-boyfriends/girlfriends don't want to testify for her and don't want to hear about her anymore is everything you need to know about this case."
"Kate Moss testifying for Johnny Depp is huge. Amber's defense for hitting Johnny was because she said he threw Kate down the stairs, and Amber thought he'd do it to her sister. When this blows up in her face, remember she brought it on herself."
According to Daily Mail, Nicole Haff from Romano Law says that if Moss testifies, it could break Heard's case.
According to her, if Moss denies getting pushed by Depp, the court might not trust whatever else comes out of Heard's mouth.
"When someone brings up something in their examination, and you feel it's wrong, you can basically call another witness to impeach that testimony. By bringing Kate Moss on to testify, she can obviously disprove Heard's claim or bring Heard's testimony into question, which generally has a big effect on the jury – if they can't trust what she says."
About Moss, she said:
"She's going to probably speak well of Johnny Depp."
That will paint the picture of a loving and doting partner rather than an abusive partner.
"I'm guessing she will speak about their relationship in a loving way, and it will portray him to be a good guy. I would say it's a misstep on Heard's part. I would say this is a mistake because it is going to open the door for Moss to come in to testify, and it's believed she's going to give very favorable testimony for Depp."
Finally, Moss took the stand. When asked if Depp ever pushed her down the stairs when they were in a relationship, she responded:
"No, he never pushed me, kicked me, or pushed me down any stairs."