As we cap off the long, turbulent defamation case that’s swept waves across the internet, the Depp V. Heard case called a major witness to the stand on its penultimate day—British supermodel and ex-girlfriend of Johnny Depp, Kate Moss.
Moss’ involvement in the case began earlier this month, during Heard’s much-awaited testimony on May 5th. That Thursday, Heard alleged several incidents of assault, mistreatment, and abuse at the hands of Depp, recounting a certain incident where the actor allegedly attacked Heard and her sister Whitney near a flight of stairs.
During her testimony, Heard mentions recalling information that Moss was pushed down a flight of stairs by Depp, and reacted by landing a defensive blow on Depp. The actor’s legal counsel reacted at this moment, with Depp seemingly shaking his head at the floor while his lawyers quickly consulted one another.
Naturally, this incident opened up the opportunity to summon Moss to the stand—which she did yesterday, through a video call from Gloucestershire, England:
Moss’ testimony was pretty curt. She has made few public appearances in recent years and replied with brief, to-the-point answers. After introductory questions, she began to address the incident under question, which occurred when the famous 1990s couple went on vacation to Jamaica.
“We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did,” Moss said. “And there’d been a rainstorm and as I left the room I slid down the stairs and I hurt my back.
“And 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 carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”
“He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs.”
With Heard’s counsel refusing to cross-question Moss, it seems that mentioning her was a serious mistake on Heard’s part. Later, Depp himself took the stand, addressing the incident from his own memory:
“I recall speaking with Miss Heard about that very incident,” he explained. “Miss Heard took that story, and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind. There was never a moment where I pushed Kate down any set of stairs,” he said, before recounting the incident briefly, and moving on to other questions.
As one of the biggest couples of the 1990s, Kate Moss and Johnny Depp would become synonymous with 1990s superstardom, rivaling the likes of Brad Pitt and Gwyneth Paltrow, Justin Timberlake and Britney Spears… the list goes on.
Their chance meeting apparently occurred at New York’s Cafe Tabac in 1994, where celebrity columnist George Wayne introduced the pair. “Johnny was in the back having dinner and Kate walked in with Naomi [Campbell] and The GW [George Wayne] grabbed her and made the introduction,” he shared via Instagram in 2019. “I had no idea that they would then become the IT couple for seasons to come, destroying hotel rooms across the globe during their still unforgettable union!”
Indeed, the pair would famously get into trouble for partying a bit too hard in hotel rooms. That very same year, the pair would be found by NYC cops at Hotel Mark, Manhattan, where they sat together in the middle of a wrecked suite. “I actually told the security guard when he came to my room that I was more than willing to pay for everything I had broken,” Depp was reported to have said at the time.
The pair wasn’t destined to be though and eventually broke up in 1997. While they were spotted holding hands at the Cannes Film Festival in 1998, Depp later went on to address the aftermath of their relationship that year, confirming that it had indeed ended.
“I have never got that emotional over a woman before,” he shared with Hello! Magazine. “I have been so stupid because we had so much going for our relationship. I’m the one who has to take responsibility for what happened—I was difficult to get on with, I let my work get in the way and I didn’t give her the attention I should have done.”
During 1994-1998, Depp carried out some unsuccessful experiments at work, fresh off the success of What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, the actor took on a slew of weak projects that were extremely time consuming, such as 1997’s The Brave. Written, directed, and co-produced by the actor—made worse by the additional casting of Marlon Brando, a famously difficult actor on set—the film was panned heavily and was slammed by critics.
Depp went on to lightly address this, and how this lull in his career affected his relationship with Kate Moss. “The whole thing was crazy because I should never have got so worked up over what people had to say about my work,” he shared. “Sure, I should care about my movies but when I get home, I should try to leave that stuff behind. I couldn’t do that, and I was horrific to live with. Trust me, I’m a total moron sometimes.”
Moss, who has been very interview-shy over the last several years, last addressed her life with Depp in a 2012 interview with Vanity Fair.
“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me,” she said. “Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said. Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me. I really lost that gauge of [having] somebody I could trust. [It was a] nightmare.”
Kate Moss’ testimony further solidifies Depp’s massive sway over the general public. The case will finally take its closing arguments on this Friday, May 27th, 2023.
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