Model Kate Moss is expected to be called to the stand this week in Johnny Depp’s bombshell defamation trial against Amber Heard, The Post exclusively learned Monday.
The British fashion icon, 48, will testify via video link on Wednesday in the Fairfax, Virginia, courtroom, sources with knowledge said.
Depp’s lawyers were spotted fist-pumping a few weeks back when Heard, 36, suddenly brought up Moss during her testimony.
Kate Moss will testify via live video link and be called by Johnny Depp’s team.Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for The Met Museum/Vogue
Kate Moss and Johnny Depp dated between 1994 and 1997.Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage
Legal experts explained at the time that Heard mentioning Moss on the stand could give her ex-husband’s team the chance to dispel a rumor that he pushed the supermodel down a flight of stairs when the two dated in the 1990s.
“That’s one mistake that [Heard] made, was bringing up Kate Moss, which potentially opened the door to [Depp’s team] bringing [Moss] on as an impeachment witness” — and Moss “saying ‘This never happened,’” said California entertainment lawyer Mitra Ahouraian.
A source close to Depp told The Post at the time: “Amber mentioned an ex of Johnny’s that clearly she felt was not supportive of him, which couldn’t be further from the truth.”
Lawyers for the “Pirates of the Carribean” star will call Moss as a witness, the sources said Monday.
She was in a relationship with Depp between 1994 and 1997, and, according to sources, has always been supportive of the actor.
Heard brought up Moss while testifying on May 5, recounting a March 2015 fight in which she punched Depp in the face out of fear he was going to shove her sister Whitney down a staircase.
The “Aquaman” actress said she “instantly” thought about “Kate Moss and the stairs” — prompting Depp lawyer Ben Chew to turn and fist-pump.
Moss was not originally expected to testify because the rumored staircase incident wasn’t related to a specific accusation in the Virginia case. But Heard’s mention of the model paved the way for Depp’s team to call her to testify, experts said.
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss in 1995.Ke.Mazur/WireImage.com
The testimony will come on the third to last day of the six-week trial, which is set to wrap up Friday. Moss could be a crucial character witness for Depp.
Depp, 58, is suing ex-wife Heard for $50 million over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed where she called herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Her essay didn’t name the actor, but he claims it defamed him, ruining his career and causing him to lose millions in revenue.
Heard countersued Depp for $100 million, saying he defamed her in 2020 when he and his lawyers made statements to the press that she had fabricated her allegations of abuse.
Amber Heard brought up Kate Moss during her testimony.Steve Helber/Pool/AP
Johnny Depp’s lawyers were spotted fist-pumping at Amber Heard’s mention of Kate Moss.Steve Helber/Pool/AFP via Getty Images
During Depp’s 2020 UK trial against Britain’s The Sun, Heard alleged that her ex-husband had once shoved Moss down a flight of stairs.
Describing the same fight involving her sister, Heard told the British court at the time: “I remembered information I had heard [that] he pushed a former girlfriend — I believe it was Kate Moss — down the stairs. I had heard this rumor from two people and it was fresh in my mind.”
Depp sued The Sun over an article that branded him a “wife beater.” He lost the case after the UK high court substantiated the majority of Heard’s allegations of abuse.