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Kate Moss Says She 'Had To Say The Truth' At Johnny Depp Defamation Trial

Claire Reid

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Kate Moss Says She 'Had To Say The Truth' At Johnny Depp Defamation Trial

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Kate Moss has said she felt compelled ‘to say the truth’ when asked to testify in Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard. 

The 48-year-old model, who dated Depp from 1994 to 1997, appeared via videolink at the high-profile defamation trial in Virginia giving just three minutes of testimony. 

Her testimony contradicted claims Heard had made earlier in the trial, in which she said Depp had pushed Moss down the stairs while they were on holiday together in Jamaica in the 1990s. 

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When questioned by Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew about her relationship with Depp and their vacation in Jamaica, Moss said they had been leaving the room after a rainstorm – Johnny ahead of her – when she 'slid down the stairs' and 'hurt [her] back'.

She said: "And I screamed because I didn't know what had happened to me and I was in pain.

"And he [Depp] came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention."

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In an upcoming episode of BBC’s Desert Island Discs, Moss revealed that she wanted to get the truth out. 

She said: “I believe in the truth and I believe in fairness and justice.

“I know the truth about Johnny. I know he never kicked me down the stairs. I had to say that truth.”

Depp’s ex-wife Heard had claimed during the trial that the first time she hit Depp was during an incident involving her sister Whitney.

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"I just see my little sister with her back to the staircase and Johnny swings at her and I don't even wait," she said, adding: "In my head I just instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs and I swung at him."

Heard later confirmed that the Pirates of the Caribbean star did not push her sister down the stairs.

Heard lost the case and was told to pay Depp $10.35m (£8.2m) in damages.

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Earlier this month, Heard’s lawyers launched a bid to have the verdict set aside or a retrial, citing numerous factors including that one juror wasn’t correctly vetted before taking part. 

However, Judge Penney Azcarate rejected all of her claims and her call for a retrial. Azcarate wrote: "The juror was vetted, sat for the entire jury, deliberated, and reached a verdict.

"The only evidence before this court is that this juror and all jurors followed their oaths, the court's instructions, and orders. This court is bound by the competent decision of the jury."

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Topics: Celebrity, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard

Claire Reid
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