Kate Moss has said Johnny Depp “never” pushed her down any stairs, contrary to rumours discussed by Amber Heard during the ex-couple’s defamation trial in the US.
The British supermodel appeared via videolink before Depp clashed with Heard’s lawyer during a dramatic return to the witness box.
Depp is suing Heard over an article she wrote in the Washington Post in 2018, which his lawyers say falsely implies he physically and sexually abused her while they were together.
Heard is countersuing Depp for $100m (£80m).
Moss, 48, was asked to give evidence by Depp‘s legal team, who appeared to celebrate when her name was mentioned by Heard during the trial last week.
The actress had described hearing a rumour that Depp had pushed Moss down a flight of stairs.
Speaking from Gloucestershire, Moss said the allegation over the incident at the GoldenEye resort in Jamaica was not true.
“We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did and there had been a rainstorm,” she said.
“As I left the room I slid down the stairs and I hurt my back and I screamed because I didn’t know what had happened to me.
“[Depp] came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”
Benjamin Chew, Depp’s lawyer, asked Moss if the Hollywood actor had ever pushed her down stairs.
“No, he never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs,” she replied.
Moss’s evidence at Fairfax County District Court in Virginia lasted barely two minutes.
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Depp said the supermodel’s account of what happened was correct when he was questioned later on Wednesday, adding that Heard “took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind”.
He added: “There was never a moment where I pushed Kate down any set of stairs, yet she’s spewed this three times…”
Asked under cross-examination what it was like listening to Heard’s testimony, Depp said: “It’s insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence, that she’s attributed to me, that she’s accused me of.
“I don’t think anyone enjoys having to split themselves open and tell the truth, but there are times when one just simply has to because it’s gotten out of control.”
He then paused before saying: “Horrible. Ridiculous. Humiliating. Ludicrous. Painful. Savage. Unimaginably brutal, cruel, and all… false. All false.”
When Heard’s lawyer Benjamin Rottenborn asked Depp to provide a simple “yes or no” answer to one of his questions, the actor replied: “I can’t please you with a yes or a no every time.”
The actor also denied that he had ever referred to women as “rightfully mine” before the court was shown text messages, seemingly sent by Depp to his manager, with the phrase included.
Mr Depp suggested that occasionally people’s personal phones could be taken and “screwed with” and later labelled the message as “grotesque”.
He appeared to smirk as Mr Rottenborn finished his questioning and returned to his seat.
Depp was also asked about his honeymoon with Heard in August 2015, after which she accused him of being violent on the trip.
Depp says there were times when the journey on the Orient Express from Thailand to Singapore was “agreeable”.
But he said there were other times she would “start the rant”.
“At one point… I don’t remember it lasting long… I took a pretty good shot to the face, to the eye… so I had a bit of a shiner,” he tells the court. “It all ended and then everything got fine again.”
He said he did not recall if Heard apologised.
Source : Sky News