Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial live: Kate Moss testifies about relationship with actor

Johnny Depp v Amber Heard trial live: Kate Moss testifies about relationship with actor

Amber Heard’s sister is ‘very wrong’ to support claims against Depp, ex-friend says

WARNING: This live blog contains allegations of physical and sexual violence that some readers may find distressing.

Amber Heard’s legal team has rested their defence case in the defamation trial brought against her by ex-husband Johnny Depp.

Heard is being sued by Depp for $50m for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although she didn’t name him, he claims her allegations impacted his ability to work. She is pursuing a counterclaim of $100m, of which a motion to dismiss was denied by Judge Penney Azcarate.

On Tuesday rebuttal witnesses for Depp gave testimony countering the testimony of expert witnesses put forward in Heard’s defence concerning her alleged loss of earnings and his mental health. A different account of the 2013 Hicksville Trailer Palace incident was also heard by the court and a former friend of Heard’s sister said she believed it was “something very wrong” to support the claims against Depp.

Supermodel and Depp-ex Kate Moss will testify on Wednesday about her relationship with the actor in the 1990s.

Closing arguments are scheduled for Friday.


Return Witness: Dr Shannon Curry

Dr Shannon Curry, who testified earlier in the trial, has returned to the stand to rebut the testimony of Dr Dawn Hughes, who testified for Heard’s team.

Here’s what she said in her original testimony:

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Here’s the video of Moss’ testimony:

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Kate Moss denies rumour Johnny Depp pushed her down the stairs

In one of the briefest pieces of testimony in the entire trial, Kate Moss confirms she had a romantic relationship with Depp between 1994 and 1998 and says he did not push her downstairs during a vacation the couple took.

She says she slipped on wet steps and hurt her back and Depp got her medical attention.

Moss says Depp never pushed her down any steps.

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Kate Moss appears by video link and is asked about her romantic relationship with Depp.

(Law & Crime)

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“Mr Depp calls Kate Moss to the stand.”

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Why is Kate Moss expected to testify?

Ms Moss’ name came up in the courtroom earlier this month during Ms Heard’s testimony, when she described a time that Mr Depp allegedly “[swung] at” her sister while she had her back to a staircase.

Ms Heard said this reminded her of another incident during which she alleges Mr Depp pushed Ms Moss down stairs while they were dating in the 1990s.

“I just, in my head, instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs,” Ms Heard said.

After Ms Heard mentioned Ms Moss in her testimony as part of the US case, Mr Depp’s attorney Ben Chew was seen giving an apparent fist pump, prompting speculation that the mention of Ms Moss could benefit Mr Depp’s legal team in some way.

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The trial resumes with Judge Penney Azcarate presiding.

Before the jury is brought in and Depp’s rebuttal testimony continues, both legal teams are discussing preliminary matters with the judge.

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Kate Moss expected to testify by video link this morning

Supermodel Kate Moss is expected to testify by video link this morning as part of Johnny Depp’s rebuttal.

Here’s a timeline of their headline-grabbing relationship in the 1990s.

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Ex-friend says Heard’s sister ‘doing something very wrong’ by supporting claims against Depp

Amber Heard’s sister is “doing something very wrong” by supporting her allegations of abuse against Johnny Depp, according to a former friend.

Jennifer Howell, CEO and founder of the nonprofit The Art of Elysium, told the court during the multi-million-dollar defamation trial that she “loved” Ms Heard’s sister Whitney Henriquez but believed she was “trying to protect her sister”.

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TMZ files emergency motion to prevent former employee testifying in Depp-Heard case

Celebrity news outlet TMZ has filed an emergency motion to prevent a former employee from testifying in the Johnny Depp and Amber Heard defamation case.

The California-based news organisation has asked a judge to block the emplyee from being called as a witness by Mr Depp’s lawyers based on “journalist’s privilege”, according to court papers.

Graeme Massie reports from Los Angeles:

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