Kate Moss testifies in defamation case Johnny Depp has ‘never pushed me, kicked me or made me fall down stairs’. people news

British model Kate Moss took the stand of witness on Wednesday in a defamation battle between actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as her lawyers tried to convince a jury that Heard was the abuser in their relationship. The 58-year-old “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard in Virginia, saying he slandered her when she said she was a victim of domestic abuse. Heard, 36, has countered for $100 million, arguing that Depp defamed her when her attorney said her claims were “fraud”.

Depp’s lawyers called Moss as a rebuttal witness on Wednesday after Heard testified about a time that he feared Depp would push his sister down a ladder. Heard said he remembered “rumours” of being pushed down the stairs by Depp and slapped Depp to stop him from harming his sister.

Moss, who dated Depp from 1994 to 1998, testified that she slipped on a ladder and hurt her back during a vacation the couple took in Jamaica. She said Depp ran to help her, took her to her room and called medical services, she said.

“He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down the stairs,” said Moss, who appeared via video from England.

Closing arguments in the case, which are being heard in Virginia, are scheduled for Friday.

Depp told jurors in earlier testimony that he had never killed Heard and argued that she was the one who turned violent.

The pair met in 2011 while shooting for “The Rum Diary” and married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized almost two years later.

At the heart of the legal case is a December 2018 opinion by Heard that appeared in The Washington Post. Depp’s name was never mentioned in the article, but his attorney told jurors it was clear Heard was referring to him when he said she was “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Depp, once one of Hollywood’s biggest stars, said Heard’s allegations cost him “everything”. A new “Pirates” film was shelved, and Depp was replaced in the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise, a “Harry Potter” spinoff.

Hurd’s lawyers have argued that he told the truth and that his opinion was protected by free speech under the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

Depp lost a defamation suit less than two years ago against the Sun, a British tabloid that labeled her a “wife beater”. A judge of the London High Court ruled that he had repeatedly attacked Heard.

Depp’s lawyers filed the US case in Fairfax County, Virginia, as the Washington Post printed there. The newspaper is not the respondent.

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