Kate Moss and Johnny Depp testify as trial ends

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Model Kate Moss, who dated Johnny Depp from 1994 to 1998, briefly testified Wednesday morning from Gloucester, England, during the sixth and final week of testimony in the controversial trial between Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. She refuted previous testimonies from Heard, who had referred to a rumor that Depp had once pushed Moss down the stairs during a trip to Jamaica.

“There had been a rain shower. As I left the room, I slipped down the stairs and hurt my back. And I screamed because I didn’t know what was happening to me and I was in pain,” Moss said during her three-minute testimony. Depp “came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention.”

“He never pushed, kicked or threw me down a flight of stairs,” she added.

Depp has sued Heard for $50 million for libel over a 2018 op-ed she published in The Washington Post in which she called herself a public figure who represents domestic violence. Depp claimed the article harmed his career and denies allegations of abuse. Heard sued Depp for $100 million after Depp’s attorney Adam Waldman made several statements to the media describing her claims as false.

Depp, who sometimes wore darkened glasses, took to the stands for the first time since late April and told the same story as Moss. Heard took the story and turned it into a very ugly incident, all in her mind,” he said. “There wasn’t a moment when I pushed Kate down a flight of stairs.”

He then denied much of the defense’s case, alleging that Heard insulted both him and her sister Whitney, who he described as a “punching bag or a dartboard” to Heard. He called his former business manager Joel Mandel, against whom he filed a now settled lawsuit in 2016, a “bitter man who received a lot of money that I have worked hard for over the past few years.” Finally, he stated that he hadn’t seen any of Waldman’s statements until Heard filed a counterclaim against him in August 2020, claiming he didn’t know where they were published, saying they looked like “word salad.”

Depp also disputed Heard’s account of the brutal battle they had in Australia in 2015, when the tip of his finger was cut off. He dismissed Heard’s claim that he had taken eight to ten MDMA pills, saying, “I’m pretty sure I’d be dead. I think one would die, probably pretty soon.” He also again claimed that Heard threw a vodka bottle at him, which shattered and cut a “lump” from his finger. “I miss it,” he said with a laugh. The defense has suggested that he injured himself.

He also claimed that Heard gave him a “shiner” during their 2015 honeymoon on the Orient Express, and his attorney showed the jury two photos in which he appears to have a black eye. (The defense has argued that he had a black eye before boarding the train.)

Ultimately, Depp described Heard’s testimony as “terrible, ridiculous, humiliating, ridiculous, painful, savage, unimaginably brutal, cruel – and all false.” He added that he testified because “I don’t think anyone likes to cut themselves open and tell the truth, but there are times when someone just has to, because it’s gotten out of hand.”

During the cross-examination, Depp made snide remarks and often laughed, seemingly in frustration, as Heard’s attorney Ben Rottenborn highlighted inconsistencies in his testimony — such as the fact that he previously mentioned a phone at the house bar in Australia, but the phone denied existence. ​on Wednesday. When he received a text in which he wrote about women, “I need, I want, I take,” the actor suggested that Rottenborn “could have typed it last night.”

Later in the day, Hollywood news channel TMZ filed an emergency motion — which Judge Penney Azcarate denied — to prevent his former employee Morgan Tremaine from testifying. The outlet argued that the identity of a journalist’s source must be protected under Virginia law.

Tremaine worked as a field assignment manager for TMZ. He sent a camera crew to a Los Angeles courthouse to take pictures of Heard “leaving the courthouse and” [of] an alleged bruise on the right side of her face” after she filed the temporary restraining order in May 2016.

He also received a video clip in which Depp slams cupboards and pours a large glass of wine, which TMZ has published and which the defense has used as evidence in this trial. Tremaine testified that the video was edited as evidence relative to the original to remove a part that shows Heard grinning at Depp.

While Tremaine said he doesn’t know who sent TMZ the clip, he strongly suggested it was Heard, explaining that the fastest way for the website to get copyright on a video is to get it directly from the person who created it. created and owns the video – and that they published the video about 15 minutes after receiving it.

Tremaine admitted during cross-examination to seeing part of the trial, prompting Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft to ask, “This will get you your 15 minutes of fame, won’t it?”

“I’m actually kind of targeting TMZ, a very controversial organization, and I’m not looking for 15 minutes here.” replied Tremaine. “Although you may speculate. I could say the same, taking Amber Heard as a client for you.”

The jurors spent the rest of the day hearing expert testimony, including that of a psychologist who was called in to refute a defense expert’s opinion that Heard had suffered post-traumatic stress as a result of intimate partner violence; and a digital forensics expert called to suggest that pictures of Heard’s injuries had probably been run through a photo-editing program, though he couldn’t say definitively that the pictures had been altered.

Testimony is scheduled to conclude Thursday, with closing arguments beginning Friday morning.

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