In May, Moss testified against allegations that Depp once pushed her down a flight of stairs while they were dating in the mid-1990s.
Kate Moss talks about defending Johnny Depp in court.
In case you needed a reminder, Moss – who is notorious for privacy and rarely gives interviews – came forward to testify in Depp’s defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard in May.
The British model was asked to comment on a rumor raised by Heard during the trial, claiming that Depp once pushed Moss down a series of stairs when they were dating between 1994 and 1998.
For context, Heard first made this claim in 2020, when she was called to testify in a separate defamation trial that brought Depp against The Sun in the UK.
Speaking to the British court at the time, Heard was reported to have said: “I remembered the information I had heard [that] He pushed his ex-girlfriend – I think it was Kate Moss – down the stairs. I heard this rumor from two people and it was new to my mind.”
Depp lost the case, and while the trial was in progress, his team accused Heard of fabricating the rumor about Moss.
Two years later, the alleged incident became a topic of discussion again during Depp and Heard’s defamation trial in the United States, where the actor sued his ex-wife for $50 million over allegations she made in a 2018 opinion piece.
So, in the latter case, Heard said she tried to hit Depp after reminding her of “Kate Moss and the Ladders” during an altercation involving her younger sister Whitney Henriquez.
“[Whitney’s] It was back to the stairs, and Johnny swinging at her,” Heard testified in May. “I don’t hesitate, I don’t wait—I just, in my head, immediately think of Kate Moss and Stairs.”
This prompted Depp’s team to call Moss to testify about the rumors themselves, while denying they ever happened.
In court via a video link on May 25, Moss responded to claims that Depp had ever pushed her, instead claiming that she slipped and fell after a rainstorm.
“I slipped down the stairs and hurt my back,” she said. “He never pushed me, he never kicked me, or he threw me off any stairs.”
She explained that Depp was not in the room at the time of her fall, but that he came to her aid after hearing her screaming in pain.
“I screamed because I didn’t know what had happened to me, and he ran back to help me and carried me to my room and got medical attention,” Moss said.
While testifying, Deb Moss’ attorney asked why she had decided on the occasion to appear as a witness for the first time in any court case. However, Heard’s team objected to the question.
Now speaking again, Moss has opened up about what led her to defend her ex-partner, telling BBC Radio 4 in a rare interview: “I know the truth about Johnny.”
Moss further shed light on her involvement in the trial, and pointed to designer John Galliano, who was convicted of antisemitic abuse in 2011 and fired from his role in Christian Dior as a result.
“I believe in truth, I believe in fairness and justice. I’m starting to learn that John Galliano isn’t a bad person — he’s had an alcohol problem and people are turning. People aren’t themselves when they drink, and they say things they would never say if they were vigilant.”
Apparently comparisons of public attitudes toward the two 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 earned more than $10 million. The jury also sided with Heard on one of her three counterclaims. Heard is in the process of trying to resume Depp’s win.