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Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial live: Kate Moss testifies about relationship with actor

Kate Moss denies claim Johnny Depp pushed her down stairs

WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard’s legal team has rested their defence case in the defamation trial brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp. Rebuttal witnesses for team Depp are now giving testimony.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work. She is pursuing a counterclaim of $100m, of which a motion to dismiss was denied by Judge Penney Azcarate.

Supermodel and Depp-ex Kate Moss testified that during her relationship with the actor in the 1990s he did not push her down the stairs as had been rumoured and mentioned by Heard in testimony.

On Tuesday rebuttal witnesses countered the testimony of expert witnesses put forward in Heard’s defence concerning her alleged loss of earnings and his mental health. A different account of the 2013 Hicksville Trailer Palace incident was also heard by the court and a former friend of Heard’s sister said she believed it was “something very wrong” to support the claims against Depp.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday.


Who is left to testify?

Witnesses left on the Depp rebuttal list after Dr Curry are:

Dr Kimberly Collins, a forensic pathologist; an ex-TMZ employee (though there is a motion to prevent them from testifying); a flight attendant; and Depp himself.

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:58


Heard team hits back after Kate Moss denies claim Depp pushed her down stairs

A source close to Amber Heard has offered a strong response to Kate Moss denying a claim that Johnny Depp pushed her down the stairs during their relationship in the 1990s.

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:53


Dr Curry’s testimony about how she assessed Heard was challenged by Dr Hughes, who appeared as the first witness for Heard’s defence.

Here’s what Dr Hughes said:

Dr Curry is now addressing that testimony point by point, testifying why the checklists that Dr Hughes used to assess Heard were not appropriate.

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:42


Source close to Amber Heard reacts to Kate Moss testimony

(POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

So Johnny Depp didn’t abuse Kate Moss. That makes him 1 for 2 in the abuse column.

But, to date, he’s 0 for 1 in the courtroom on the central issue in this case back when he lost the same exact case in England. And when the jury deliberates over the singular issue in this case — whether Amber Heard can exercise her right of Freedom of Speech — he’ll be 0 for 2, no matter how much his lawyers try to distract and divert the jury’s attention.

A source close to Amber Heard

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:33


Return Witness: Dr Shannon Curry

Dr Shannon Curry, who testified earlier in the trial, has returned to the stand to rebut the testimony of Dr Dawn Hughes, who testified for Heard’s team.

Here’s what she said in her original testimony:

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:31


Here’s the video of Moss’ testimony:

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:28


Kate Moss denies rumour Johnny Depp pushed her down the stairs

In one of the briefest pieces of testimony in the entire trial, Kate Moss confirms she had a romantic relationship with Depp between 1994 and 1998 and says he did not push her downstairs during a vacation the couple took.

She says she slipped on wet steps and hurt her back and Depp got her medical attention.

Moss says Depp never pushed her down any steps.

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:28


Kate Moss appears by video link and is asked about her romantic relationship with Depp.


Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:23


“Mr Depp calls Kate Moss to the stand.”

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:20


Why is Kate Moss expected to testify?

Ms Moss’ name came up in the courtroom earlier this month during Ms Heard’s testimony, when she described a time that Mr Depp allegedly “[swung] at” her sister while she had her back to a staircase.

Ms Heard said this reminded her of another incident during which she alleges Mr Depp pushed Ms Moss down stairs while they were dating in the 1990s.

“I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs,” Ms Heard said.

After Ms Heard mentioned Ms Moss in her testimony as part of the US case, Mr Depp’s attorney Ben Chew was seen giving an apparent fist pump, prompting speculation that the mention of Ms Moss could benefit Mr Depp’s legal team in some way.

Oliver O’Connell25 May 2022 14:13


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