When they were dating in the 1990s, Kate Moss testified that Johnny Depp “never pushed” her down “any stairs.” The British model, 48, appeared via live video link in front of the Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom on Wednesday morning to address a reference made by Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, in previous testimony about Moss and “stairs.”
Moss, who dated Depp from 1994 to 1998, testified that the alleged incident happened while they were on vacation in Jamaica and that he did not push her when she fell.
“We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did. There had been a rainstorm. As I left the room, I slid down the stairs and I hurt my back,” she said under oath. “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.”
“He never pushed me, kicked me or threw me down any stairs,” added Moss.
Moss was not cross-examined by Heard’s team.
Heard mentioned Moss’ name earlier this month on the stand while discussing an alleged altercation between Depp and Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez on a staircase in March 2015. According to the Aquaman actress, Henriquez became “in the line of fire… trying to get Johnny to stop,” which reminded her of a rumored stair altercation between Moss and Depp. She stated that she then stepped in to defend her younger sister.
“[Whitney’s] back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her,” Heard testified. “I don’t hesitate, I don’t wait — I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs. And I swung at him.”
“In all of my relationships to date with Johnny, I hadn’t landed a blow. And I, for the first time, hit him — like, actually hit him. Square in the face,” Heard added. “He didn’t push my sister down the stairs.” (Henriquez, 34, testified later that Depp hit her and then “repeatedly” struck Heard, who allegedly defended Henriquez in the staircase incident.)
According to The New York Post, Heard previously mentioned the Moss staircase allegation during her testimony at Depp’s defamation trial in the United Kingdom in 2020. (In November 2020, Depp lost a libel lawsuit in the United Kingdom against the British tabloid The Sun for calling him a “wife-beater.”) The court found the outlet’s claims to be “substantially true,” and Heard testified to support them. Depp’s attempt to overturn the decision was rejected in March 2021.)