British supermodel Kate Moss tested in the defamation trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard on Wednesday, telling the court that her ex-boyfriend never pushed her down any stairs.
Moss was called as a witness by Depp’s legal team after Heard’s testimony that she had feared during one of their arguments that her then-husband would push her sister, Whitney Henriquez, down a set of stairs. She tested that the moment made her think of a rumor she had heard that Depp had done that to Moss when they dated between 1994 and 1998.
“[Whitney’s] back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her,” Heard previously told the court. “I don’t hesitate, I don’t wait – I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs. »
Heard’s mention of Moss opened up an avenue for Depp to call the model as a witness to counter that allegation.
Appearing via video link from Gloucestershire, England, Moss recalled an incident during a vacation with Depp in Jamaica when she slid down a set of stairs after a rainstorm.
She said Depp was not in the room at the time and came to her assistance when he heard her cries.
« I screamed because I didn’t know what had happened to me, and he came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention, » Moss said.
« Did Mr. Depp push you in any way down the stairs? » Depp lawyer Benjamin Chew asked.
« No, » Moss responded.
« During the course of your relationship, did he ever push you down any stairs? » Chew asked.
« No, » Moss replied. « He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs. »
When Chew asked why Moss had chosen to appear as a witness for the first time in any court case, Heard’s lawyers objected to the question as being beyond the scope of inquiry — an objection sustained by the judge.
Heard’s lawyers did not cross-examine Moss.