WARNING: This story contains details of intimate partner violence.
Supermodel Kate Moss, a former girlfriend of Johnny Depp, said Wednesday that she was never pushed or assaulted by Depp during the course of their relationship.
Moss testified as a rebuttal witness in Depp’s libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.
Heard, in her testimony, made a passing reference to Moss and a rumor that Depp had pushed Moss down a set of stairs when they dated. Heard referenced Moss as she described a fight in which she admitted hitting Depp on a staircase because she said Depp was charging at Heard’s sister, Whitney.
Moss, in testimony provided by video link, said Depp never assaulted her. She said she did once slip down a flight of stairs after a rainstorm at a Jamaican resort, and that Depp came to her aid.
She tested for less than five minutes and was not cross-examined.
Depp is suing heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court, in Virginia, over a December 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” Depp’s lawyers say he was defamed by the article even though it never mentioned his name.
Depp has denied he ever struck Heard, and says she was the abuser in the relationship. Heard has tested about more than a dozen separate instances of physical abuse she says she suffered at Depp’s hands.
The trial continues Wednesday.
Support is available for anyone who has been abused or assaulted. You can access crisis lines and local support services through the Ending Violence Association of Canada database. The Canadian Women’s Foundation’s Signal For Help is a silent, one-handed gesture to use in a video call to indicate that you are at risk of violence at home. If you’re in immediate danger or fear for your safety or that of others around you, please call 911.