Kate Moss denies that Johnny Depp pushed her down the stairs

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Kate Moss testified on May 25 that ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp “didn’t push me, kick me, or throw me down any stairs.” She even said he came to her rescue after what she described as a horrific fall while on vacation. Deb Moss’ team has called as a rebuttal witness in a defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard. Depp and Heard accused each other of abuse, and Heard auditioned on May 5 about a rumored domestic incident between him and the model, when the stars dated in the ’90s. “Miss. Moss, do you know Johnny Depp?” asked his attorney, Ben Chiu. “Yes,” Moss replied with a slight smile. Moss, who took the stage in a video from Gloucester, looked refreshed and wore a dark jacket and white shirt in her testimony. She said that she and Depp were romantically involved from 1994 to 1998. Moss, was it a time when you two were a couple who vacationed together at GoldenEye Resort in Jamaica? “What, if anything happens?” she answered. “What, if anything happens?” He continued to chew. “We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I left, and there was a rainstorm, and when I left the room I slipped down the stairs and hit my back.” And I screamed, Because I didn’t know what had happened to me, and I was in pain, and he came running back to help me and carried me to my room, and he got medical attention.” Chew pressed: “Is Mr. Deb in any way pushes you down the ladder? No, Moss said. Heard’s team did not question Moss.

When Depp took up the platform again today as part of his refutation case, he was asked about the rumors and their origins. “That’s what she said happened,” Depp said, referring to Moss. Depp said he remembered telling the story. “Miss. Heard took the story and turned it into a very gruesome accident, all in her mind,” Depp said. “There’s never been a moment I’ve pushed Kate down a flight of stairs – and yet she’s sped this three times before.” Depp was asked what he had specifically said to Heard about the staircase incident. “Quite simply we were in Jamaica; I had left our house three minutes earlier. I was standing outside and all of a sudden it started raining like a monsoon, and then I remember looking at Kate as she walked out the door,” Depp said. “And there were three small wooden stairs, and she slipped. Her legs went up and fell on the coccyx. She was obviously in pain physically. She was hurt. She was crying. So I ran to catch her to make sure she was okay.” Depp continued, “That’s it. That’s all I have—that’s the whole story, and rumor has it, I’ve never heard such a rumor from Miss. He’s stuck with it.”

The saga of Moss’ involvement in the highly complex Depp and Heard trial is a bit complicated. Heard alleged that she hit Depp in the face during an argument in the spring of 2015, fearing he would throw her sister Whitney down the stairs. “I don’t hesitate, don’t wait. I just, in my head, immediately think of Kate Moss and the stairs, and swung to him…” Heard also dropped his name during Depp’s defamation trial in the UK against the sun newspaper, where she reportedly heard a rumor that he had pushed her ex-girlfriend – who she thought was Moss – down the stairs. On May 17, Heard on the cross was asked to explain her mention to Moss. “You would have thought he would throw your sister down the stairs as if he had thrown Kate Moss from the bottom of the stairs, right?” One of Depp’s lawyers pressed, referring to the prosecution. Heard replied, “I’ve heard a rumor, a big rumor, about that.” By naming Moss, Heard effectively paved the way, from a legal standpoint, for Depp’s attorneys to call her as a witness. Moss’ account of her time with Depp also provides a counter-narrative to his behavior as a romantic partner. Heard gave jurors video testimony from Ellen Barkin, who went out with Depp for a brief period in the 1990s. Parkin described Depp as a very “jealous” friend who was often drunk. It also alleged that Depp threw a bottle during a dispute with someone in his inner circle in a Las Vegas hotel room.

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