Kate Moss is the latest celebrity to be dragged into the long-running defamation lawsuit between actors and ex Johnny Depp and Amber Heard. Moss appeared in a Virginia courtroom on Wednesday to testify on behalf of Depp via live video from England.
The British model dated Depp in the 1990s and fueled countless headlines with him about their “volatile romance”. She was among people Depp’s attorneys listed as rebuttal witnesses at Monday’s trial.
The reason: When Heard testified about an incident involving her sister Whitney Henriquez earlier this month, she alluded to a rumored incident in which the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star pushed Moss into a stairs as they went out together.
” I do not hesitate. I instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs, and jump on her. In all my relationships to date, I had no [delivered] a breath. For the first time, I punched him in the face,” the “Aquaman” actor said, describing an altercation that led to Heard punching Depp. (Henriquez is Heard’s only eyewitness to Depp’s alleged abuse.)
When Heard, who is suing her ex-husband for $100 million, checked Moss’s name in court, Depp and his attorney, Ben Chew, shared a celebratory punch. Claiming she ruined his reputation and career, Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for allegedly defaming him in a 2018 op-ed she wrote that was published in The Washington Post.
In her testimony Wednesday, Moss, 48, shut down the old rumor about her ex, which apparently stemmed from a vacation the former couple took in Jamaica.
“He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down the stairs,” Moss said of Depp during a video appearance from Gloucestershire, England. “We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before me and there had been a thunderstorm, and on leaving the room I slipped down the stairs and 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 treated me.
An objection closed Moss’ answer as to why she chose to testify in this case, and there was no cross-examination.
Heard referenced the staircase rumor during her earlier trial against British tabloid The Sun, which she later won. In this case, she testified that she “heard the rumor that he pushed an ex-girlfriend down the stairs” and said she thought the girlfriend was Moss.
Moss, one of Depp’s many famous girlfriends, reigned supreme on the ’90s fashion scene with her grungy, nonchalant “heroine chic” style. The petite, 5-foot-7 model graced the cover of almost every major fashion magazine and dominated the runways at the end of the supermodel era. (More recently, his 19-year-old daughter, Lila Moss, has led several campaigns herself.)
The fashion icon was the muse of photographer Mario Testino and designers such as Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, as well as the late Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey during their time at Burberry. Not to mention, she was a wardrobe influencer before the term “influencer” entered the pop culture vernacular.
According to the story, Depp and Moss were introduced in 1994 by famed journalist George Wayne to the trendy Café Tabac in New York City. He was 31 and she was 20 at the time.
“I introduced Kate Moss to Johnny Depp at Café Tabac, and she’ll recognize him,” Wayne said in the face in 2019. “So Kate walks in with Naomi [Campbell]. They walked into this one [part of] the room and Johnny Depp was sitting at the back of the restaurant having dinner with some friends. I grabbed Kate’s hand and said, ‘Come on. I’ll take you right away. I want you to meet Johnny. I just grabbed her hand and pulled her back there. I said, ‘Kate, it’s Johnny. Johnny, this is Kate. And that was the end. I didn’t think they would continue to destroy five star hotel rooms around the world for the next two years. But that’s what happened. I just wanted to, you know, cause a little drama. I said, why not?
The two became “It” couple of the year and toured the world, plagued by paparazzi and reports of heated arguments they allegedly had.
Regarding the infamous hotel room incident: The ‘Edward Scissorhands’ star was arrested for criminal mischief on September 13, 1994 at New York’s Mark Hotel for allegedly trashing his digs – a $1,200-a-night room he shared with Moss at the time. Police found the actor “in a state of possible intoxication” and Moss, who has not been charged, was uninjured.
A judge later dismissed the case against the actor if he agreed to stay out of trouble for six months. Depp also paid the hotel nearly $10,000, including more than $2,000 for damages, and the bill for the remainder of his stay.
When Depp and Moss broke up in 1997, Depp said he was to blame.
“I’ve never been so emotional for a woman before,” he told Hello! magazine in 1998. “I was 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 live with, let my job get in the way and didn’t give it the attention I should have given it” , did he declare. “It was all crazy because I should never have been so pissed off about what people had to say about my work. Of course I should care about my movies, but when I get home I should try to leave that behind. I couldn’t do that, and I was horrible to live with. Believe me, sometimes I’m a total jerk.
Moss told Vanity Fair in 2012 that she spent “years and years crying” over Depp after they split.
Since their whirlwind romance, the two have mounted successful careers in their respective fields – although Depp is hanging by a thread after Heard accused him of abuse.
In 2007, Moss collaborated with British discount fashion chain Top Shop and paid homage to the red skinny jeans she wore as she walked out of the hotel room she and Depp ransacked. In 2016, the notoriously private star set up the Kate Moss Agency – a London-based talent agency that provides personal management for her clients – and has gone on to model, walking in shows for Louis Vuitton in 2018 and Fendi. in 2021.
In 2013, Moss told Allure magazine that she had triumphed in scandal after scandal with a mantra she adopted from Depp: “Never complain, never explain.”
Times editor Christie D’Zurilla contributed to this report.