The Post exclusively reported Monday that model Kate Moss will testify this week in Johnny Depp’s explosive defamation trial against Amber Heard.
According to individuals familiar with the situation, the British fashion icon, 48, will testify via video link in a courtroom in Fairfax, Virginia, on Wednesday.
When Heard, 36, brought up Moss during her evidence a few weeks ago, Depp’s lawyers were seen fist-pumping.
Heard mentioning Moss on the testimony might give her ex-lawyers husband’s the chance to refute a story that he pushed the supermodel down a flight of stairs when the two dated in the 1990s, according to legal experts at the time.
“By bringing up Kate Moss, [Heard] potentially opened the door to [Depp’s team] putting [Moss] on as an impeachment witness” — and Moss “saying ‘This never happened,'” said Mitra Ahouraian, a California entertainment lawyer.
“Amber mentioned an ex of Johnny’s that clearly she believed was not supportive of him, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” a source close to Depp told The Post at the time.
According to sources, lawyers representing the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star will call Moss as a witness.
A request for comment from the supermodel’s representatives was not immediately returned.
Moss was in a relationship with Depp from 1994 to 1997 and has always been supportive of him, according to reports.
On May 5, Heard mentioned Moss during her testimony, recalling a March 2015 brawl in which she slapped Depp in the face because she was afraid he was about to force her sister Whitney down a stairwell.
The actress said she “instantly” thought of “Kate Moss and the stairs,” leading Depp lawyer Ben Chew to turn and fist-pump in response.
Moss was not anticipated to appear at first since the alleged staircase encounter had nothing to do with a specific charge in the Virginia case. Experts believe that Heard’s reference of the model prepared the door for Depp’s team to ask her to testify.
Moss has spoken very little about Depp and Heard’s relationship in public, and has only made a few comments about her three years dating the actor.
“There’s nobody who’s ever really been able to take care of me,” she told Vanity Fair in a 2012 story. For a while, Johnny did.
“I trusted whatever he said.” He’d tell me what I do if I asked, “What do I do?” That’s what I missed when I moved away. I’d completely lost my sense of who I could trust.”
Depp taught Moss how to safeguard her privacy as her celebrity grew, according to her acquaintances at the time.
According to Vanity Fair, the two met when Moss was 20 and Depp was 31 after being introduced by a Vanity Fair editor.
“I knew we were going to be together from the first time we spoke,” the model once claimed.
Their romance had its ups and downs, including reports of a brawl at the Mark Hotel in New York in September 1994 that resulted in Depp’s imprisonment. The actor was later cleared of criminal mischief charges, but he was ordered to pay the hotel more than $2,000 in damages and remain out of trouble for six months, according to People Magazine.
“I think Johnny certainly has a temper,” filmmaker and artist John Waters told the magazine after the confrontation. But this is a minor occurrence. The room service had to be terrible.”
“They can’t get their hands, lips, mouths, legs off of one other,” a friend of Depp’s told People Magazine in 1994.
Moss described the breakup of the relationship to Vanity Fair as a “horror.”
“Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!” she said.
Her evidence will take place on the third and final day of the six-week trial, which will end on Friday. For Depp, Moss might be a critical character witness.
Depp, 58, is suing ex-wife Heard for $50 million after she wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post in 2018 calling herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Her essay didn’t mention the actor by name, but he believes it slandered him, damaging his career and costing him millions of dollars.
Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, alleging that he defamed her in 2020 when he and his lawyers told the press that she had made up her abuse allegations.
Heard said that Depp had shoved Moss down a flight of steps during Depp’s 2020 UK trial against Britain’s The Sun.
“I remembered information I had heard [that] he pushed a prior girlfriend — I believe it was Kate Moss — down the stairs,” Heard said the British court at the time, referring to the same fight involving her sister. This rumor had come from two sources, and it was still vivid in my mind.”
Depp sued The Sun for calling him a “wife beater” in an article. The majority of Heard’s charges of abuse were found to be true by the UK high court, and he lost the lawsuit.