May 22, 2022

‘He did not push my sister down the steps,’ actress testified

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After Amber Heard introduced up Johnny Depp’s ex Kate Moss in court docket final week the actor’s authorized crew was noticed doing a fist pump.

A supply tells The New York Submit that Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew made the gesture as a result of Heard’s point out of Moss will assist the Pirates of the Caribbean star’s defamation case towards his ex-wife.

“Amber talked about an ex of Johnny’s that clearly she felt was not supportive of him, which couldn’t be farther from the reality,” an insider tells The Submit.

Usually, alleged misdeeds unrelated to a selected case isn’t allowed to be introduced in as proof. However when Heard referenced the alleged encounter with Moss, paved the way in which for Depp’s attorneys doubtlessly calling the supermodel to the stand.

“That’s one mistake that (Heard) made, was mentioning Kate Moss, which doubtlessly opened the door to (Depp’s attorneys) bringing (Moss) on as an impeachment witness,” leisure lawyer Mitra Ahouraian tells The Submit.

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Benjamin Chew seen giving a celebratory gesture during Amber Heard’s testimony last week.
Benjamin Chew seen giving a celebratory gesture throughout Amber Heard’s testimony final week. Picture by Legislation & Crime Community /YouTube

“Johnny Depp’s crew goes to argue that they need to be permitted to name her to debunk any hearsay about Johnny Depp pushing (Moss) down stairs,” felony defence lawyer Halim Dhanidina added.

Now, Depp’s attorneys might search to introduce her previous allegations of abuse, together with a 2009 altercation with former companion Tasya van Ree wherein Heard was arrested however not charged for home violence.

Whereas she was on the stand final week, Heard, 36, recounted one of many couple’s alleged fights telling jurors that she hit Depp, 58, as a result of she feared he was going to push her sister Whitney down the steps.

Amber Heard testifies in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Amber Heard testifies within the courtroom on the Fairfax County Circuit Courtroom in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, Could 5, 2022. Picture by Jim Lo Scalzo /Related Press

“She threw herself within the line of fireside,” Heard mentioned of her sister throughout a 2015 struggle together with her ex-husband. “She was attempting to get Johnny to cease. Her again was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her… I don’t hesitate and wait; I immediately consider Kate Moss and stairs … and I swung at him. In all my relationships to this point, I hadn’t landed a blow. For the primary time, I hit him sq. within the face.”

She continued, “He didn’t push my sister down the steps.”

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Heard initially introduced up the Moss staircase allegation throughout her testimony at Depp’s U.Okay. defamation trial in 2020, in keeping with The Submit.

“I remembered data I had heard he pushed a former girlfriend — I consider it was Kate Moss — down the steps,” Heard beforehand testified whereas describing the altercation involving her sister and Depp. “I had heard this hearsay from two folks and it was contemporary in my thoughts.”

Moss and Depp referred to as it quits in 1997 after 4 years of relationship, however she by no means accused him of abuse.

Kate Moss attends The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala on May 2, 2022, in New York.
Kate Moss attends The Metropolitan Museum of Artwork’s Costume Institute profit gala on Could 2, 2022, in New York. Picture by Evan Agostini /Related Press

In keeping with PEOPLE, the couple received into a number of heated arguments, together with a 1994 incident at New York Metropolis’s Mark Resort wherein the actor was arrested for allegedly trashing his lodge room.

Moss spoke about her heartbreak on the finish of their relationship in a 2012 interview with Vainness Truthful.

“There’s no person that’s ever actually been in a position to care for me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he mentioned. Like if I mentioned, ‘What do I do?’, he’d inform me. And that’s what I missed after I left.”

In a 1998 chat with Whats up journal, Depp blamed the cut up on himself. “I let my work get in the way in which and I didn’t give her the eye I ought to have completed,” he mentioned.

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Throughout her testimony final week, Heard painted an image of an allegedly controlling and abusive Depp, who, as he was recognized to the world as certainly one of Hollywood’s largest movie stars, was a Dr. Jekyll-Mr. Hyde-like “monster” behind closed doorways.

Whereas on a 2014 flight from Boston to Los Angeles, Heard alleged that Depp kicked her from behind in a jealous rage over intimate scenes she had filmed with actor James Franco.

“Nobody did something. I felt so embarrassed that he may kick me to the bottom and nobody would do something about it,” she mentioned tearfully.

One other time, Heard described Depp’s tantrum when he accused her of flirting with somebody on the 2014 Met Gala in New York.

“He shoved me down on the couch and in some unspecified time in the future he whacked me within the face. I believe that was the primary time (the place I believed), ‘Is that this a damaged nostril?’ I keep in mind my nostril being swollen, discoloured and purple.”

When he took the stand final month, Depp alleged that Heard abused him, and severed the tip of his finger.

“She has a necessity for violence. It erupts out of nowhere,” Depp mentioned.

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Actor Johnny Depp demonstrates how he claims he shielded himself from an alleged attack by his ex-wife Amber Heard as he testifies during his defamation trial against Heard, at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
Actor Johnny Depp demonstrates how he claims he shielded himself from an alleged assault by his ex-wife Amber Heard as he testifies throughout his defamation trial towards Heard, on the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, April 20, 2022. Picture by EVELYN HOCKSTEIN / POOL /AFP through Getty Pictures

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Reps for each Depp and Heard issued statements late final week after the Aquaman star spent hours detailing alleged abuse she skilled by the hands of her ex.

“As Mr. Depp’s counsel accurately predicted of their opening statements final month, Ms. Heard did certainly ship ‘the efficiency of her life’ in her direct examination,” a consultant for Depp mentioned in an announcement.

In response, a spokesperson for Heard issued an announcement to the Toronto Solar wherein they mentioned Depp’s “defamation declare is falling aside so quickly that his counsel are turning from prosecutor to persecutor.”

With the trial breaking till Could 16, social media customers have been dissecting Heard’s time on the stand, with some falsely accusing the actress of copying components of her testimony from motion pictures like The Gifted Mr. Ripley and Gone Woman in addition to “posing” for crying pictures whereas on the stand. One other wild principle making the rounds accuses Heard of sniffing medication on the stand.

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Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, claiming that her 2018 Washington Submit op-ed defamed him when she described herself as a survivor of home abuse. The article by no means talked about him by title, however Depp claimed the article implied he was the abuser and impacted his performing profession.

Heard has counter-sued for $100 million, arguing Depp smeared her by calling her a liar.

mdaniell@postmedia.com

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