Johnny Depp’s defamation trial has been in progress since 11 April, with Depp suing his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Depp is seeking $50 million (£38.7 million) in damages from Heard, claiming that she defamed him in an op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in 2018, titled “I spoke up against se*ual violence and faced our culture’s wrath.” That must change.” Heard has filed a counter-suit for $100 million (£79.5 million).
During her testimony last week, Heard alluded to his previous relationship with supermodel Kate Moss while recounting an alleged fight with Depp and her sister Whitney on a staircase.
“[Whitney] threw herself in the line of fire,” Heard recalled of the alleged 2015 incident between Depp and her sister. “She was trying to get Johnny to stop. Her back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her… I don’t hesitate and wait. I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs.”
Johnny Depp’s lawyers appeared to rejoice as Heard compared the alleged fight to a rumour about Depp pushing Moss down the stairs during their relationship.
It is expected that his legal team will have evidence to refute the claims, which will be revealed during the cross examination next week.
The mention of Moss, on the other hand, has brought her name back into the spotlight, with the public eager to learn more about her relationship with Depp and the circumstances surrounding their breakup.
Why did Johnny Depp and Kate Moss Break Up?
After being introduced by celebrity columnist George Wayne, Johnny Depp and Kate Moss famously dated from 1994 to 1997. And, despite being one of the ‘IT’ couples of the 1990s, their relationship had its ups and downs, with reports of arguments and criminal arrests. The couple eventually divorced in 1997, with Depp blaming it on “youth and stupidity,” explaining that he let his work interfere with his relationship with Moss.
“I’ve never been that emotional over a woman before,” Depp admitted in a 1998 interview. “I was so stupid because our relationship had so much going for it.” I have to accept responsibility for what happened because I was difficult to get along with, I let my work get in the way, and I didn’t give her the attention she deserved.”
“The whole thing was crazy,” he continued, “because I should never have gotten so worked up about what people said about my work.” Sure, I should care about my movies, but I should try to leave that stuff at home. I couldn’t do it, and I was a nightmare to live with. Trust me, I’m a complete idiot at times.”
Moss has also opened up about their relationship and split in the past, speaking candidly about it in a 2012 interview with Vanity Fair.
“There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit,” she explained. “I believed what he said. Like if I said, ‘What do I do?’ he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust.”
Neither Johnny Depp or Kate Moss have ever spoken publicly about the rumoured “staircase” incident.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial is ongoing.