Model Kate Moss who dated Johnny Depp for a few years in the 90s was one of the people who testified in his favour during the defamation trial between him and Amber Heard.
Now, a couple of months after the trial, she has chosen to break her silence on why she did so. In a recent interview, Moss addressed why she spoke up for her ex-boyfriend and also why she supported her friend John Galliano, a fashion designer who was found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse in 2011.
In the month of May 2022, Kate Moss took the witness stand in the defamation trial between Depp and Heard. Depp’s attorneys had called Kate as a rebuttal witness after Amber had testified about a time, she felt afraid that her ex-husband would push her sister from a staircase. During her testimony, Amber had said she remembered “rumours” about how Johnny had pushed Kate Moss down a flight of stairs and that’s why she slapped him so he would stop harming her sister.
As per a Deadline report, in a recent BBC radio interview show called Desert Island Discs, Kate Moss spoke up about why she supported her friend John Galliano and why she spoke in favour of her ex-boyfriend, Johnny Depp.
Kate said, “I believe in the truth, and I believe in fairness and justice. I know that John Galliano is not a bad person – he had an alcohol problem and people turn. People aren’t themselves when they drink, and they say things that they would never say if they were sober. I know the truth about Johnny [Depp]. I know he never kicked me down the stairs. I had to say that truth.”
Kate Moss dated Johnny Depp from 1994 to 1998 and she testified that she slipped from a staircase and injured her back when she and Depp were on a vacation in Jamaica. She said in her testimony that Johnny Depp, in fact, rushed to help her, carried her to the room and even called medical services. She said, “He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs.”
In the month of June 2022, after about six weeks of a televised trial a Virginia jury made the verdict that Amber Heard did, in fact, defame Johnny Depp when she published an op-ed piece in the Washington Post, where she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse”.
The jury after the trial came to the conclusion that the statement made by Heard was false and made with “actual malice”. They awarded Johnny Depp $15 million in damages but Amber was only required to pay $10.5 million because there is a Virginia law that limits punitive damages.
Since the defamation was a countersuit where both parties sued the other for defamation, Amber also won $2 million because the jury accepted that on three counts Depp too had defamed her.
Recently, both Heard and Depp filed separate appeals that challenged the damages that they were directed to pay. As per a report in Deadline, Johnny Depp filed paper in Fairfax County where he appealed the $2 million defamation the jury awarded Amber in the trial. Just a day before Depp’s appeal Amber Heard had also filed an appeal which challenged the damages she was ordered by the jury to pay to Depp.