In May, Moss testified against claims that Depp once pushed her down a flight of stairs when they were dating in the mid-1990s.
Kate Moss opens up about defending Johnny Depp in court.
In case you need a reminder, Moss – who is notoriously private and rarely gives interviews – came forward in May to testify against his ex-wife Amber Heard in Depp’s defamation case.
The British supermodel was asked to comment on a rumor spread by Heard during the trial alleging that Depp once pushed Moss down a flight of stairs when they were together between 1994 and 1998.
For context, this allegation was first made by Heard in 2020 when she was asked to testify against Depp in a separate defamation trial in the UK.
Heard reportedly told the British court at the time: “I remembered information I had heard [that] He pushed a former girlfriend – I think it was Kate Moss – down the stairs. I had heard that rumor from two people and it was fresh in my mind.”
Depp lost that case, and while the trial was still going on, his team accused Heard of fabricating the Moss rumor.
Two years later, the alleged incident became a topic of discussion again during Depp and Heard’s US defamation trial, which saw the actor suing his former wife for $50 million over allegations she made in a comment in 2018.
In the more recent case, Heard said she tried to punch Depp after being reminded of “Kate Moss and Stairs” during an altercation with her younger sister, Whitney Henriquez.
“[Whitney’s] Her back was to the stairs and Johnny is banging on her,” Heard testified in May. “I’m not hesitating, I’m not waiting — I just immediately think of Kate Moss and stairs.”
This prompted Depp’s team to urge Moss to testify about the rumor himself, denying it ever happened.
Appearing in court via video link on May 25, Moss contradicted claims that she was ever pushed by Depp, instead claiming she slipped and fell after there was a rainstorm.
“I slipped down the stairs and hurt my back,” she said. “He never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down a flight of stairs.”
She explained that Depp wasn’t in the room at the time of her fall, but that he came to her aid after hearing her scream in pain.
“I was screaming because I didn’t know what happened to me and he came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention,” Moss said.
During testimony, Depp’s attorney asked Moss why she chose this opportunity to testify for the first time in court. However, Heard’s team disagreed with the question.
Now, Moss has spoken out again about what prompted her to defend her former partner, telling BBC Radio 4 in a rare interview: “I know the truth about Johnny.”
Moss shed more light on her involvement in the trial, citing designer John Galliano, who was found guilty of anti-Semitic abuse in 2011 and subsequently fired from his position at Christian Dior.
“I believe in truth, and I believe in fairness and justice. I know John Galliano isn’t a bad person — he had a drinking problem and people turn away,” she began. “People aren’t themselves when they’re drinking, and they say things they would never say if they were sober.”
Apparently drawing comparisons between public attitudes towards both men, Moss continued, “I know the truth about Johnny [Depp]. I know he never kicked me down the stairs. I had to tell this truth.”
Depp won the trial in June. 2 and was awarded over $10 million. The jury also sided with Heard on one of her three counterclaims. Heard is currently trying to appeal Depp’s win.