Why Johnny Depp’s lawyers ‘celebrated’ when Amber Heard mentioned Kate Moss
Johnny Depp’s lawyers were spotted fist-pumping when Amber Heard suddenly brought up Kate Moss during her testimony last week — because the name-drop has the potential to help their case.
“Amber mentioned an ex of Johnny’s that clearly she felt was not supportive of him, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” the source said, in an apparent reference to Moss’ potential to help Depp’s case.
Legal experts explained that Heard mentioning Moss on the stand could give her ex-husband’s team the chance to dispel a rumor that he pushed the British supermodel down a flight of stairs when the two dated in the 1990s.
The possible slip-up from Heard came on Thursday as the actress told the jury about 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 Chew to turn and fist-pump.
“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,'” Ahouraian explained.
“Johnny Depp’s team is going to argue that they should be permitted to call her to debunk any rumor about Johnny Depp pushing [Moss] down stairs,” he said.
Heard’s side could then counter that the Moss statement was meant to explain Heard’s “state of mind” when she hit Depp, Dhanidina said.
If the judge in the ongoing trial does allow this allegation to come into play, that could also open the door for Depp to bring up past accusations of misconduct against Heard.
In 2009, Heard was charged with domestic violence against then-girlfriend Tasya van Ree — who later came out saying that the incident was a misunderstanding and that the charges against Heard were quickly dropped.
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