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Kate Moss was one of the many people who supported Johnny Depp throughout his highly-publicized defamation trial against Amber Heard. In an interview with a BBC Radio show, she shared what encouraged her to testify on his behalf in court.
The 48-year-old model, infamous for not accepting public interviews, gave testimony as a rebuttal witness for Depp this May. She disproved hearsay that he pushed her down the stairs.
Moss told BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs that she felt obligated to reveal the actual occurrences when asked about the reason behind her participation in court.
She cited the case of John Galliano, a former Dior designer who was charged with anti-Semitic abuse in 2011 following his outburst of public insults at a Paris bar, when questioned about Depp and actress Amber Heard’s trial.
“I believe in the truth, and I believe in fairness and justice,” Moss stated. “I know that John Galliano is not a bad person. He had an alcohol problem, and people turn.”
She continued: “People aren’t themselves when they drink, and they say things that they would never say if they were sober,” adding, “I know the truth about Johnny. I know he never kicked me down the stairs. I had to say that truth.”
Amber Heard Mentioned Kate Moss, Dragging Her to Court
Heard said that her ex-husband was often physically, verbally, and sexually abusive when he drank alcohol or took drugs.
In her deposition, she implied that Depp shoved Moss down the stairs while recalling the first time she laid hands on Depp, saying it was self-defense.
“I just instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs, and I swung at him,” Heard claimed. “In all my relationships to date, I hadn’t [delivered] a blow. For the first time, I hit him square in the face.”
The mention of Moss’s name laid the foundations for her to be summoned as a witness. In a pre-recorded testimony, the supermodel, who went out with Depp between 1994 and 1998, said Depp “never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs.”
The couple’s vacation in Jamaica was where the alleged incident happened.
“We were leaving the room, and Johnny left the room before I did,” Moss testified. “There had been a rainstorm. As I left the room, I slid down the stairs, and I hurt my back, and I screamed because I didn’t know what 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.”
Jury Ruled in Favor of Depp
A Fairfax County, Virginia, jury has found that Heard’s statements about being a domestic violence survivor in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed were malicious and willful.
Depp was granted $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, shortly after the declaration, the judge lowered the punitive damages to $350,000 – the statutory cap in Virginia.
On the other hand, Heard gained a small countersuit win of $2 million in compensatory damages. And last week, her team filed a motion to appeal the verdict.
“We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment,” said a spokesperson for the Aquaman star. “We are therefore appealing the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”