Kate Moss is the latest celebrity to be drawn into the protracted defamation trial between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The former supermodel appeared in a Virginia courtroom on Wednesday to testify via video live from England.
The British model dated Depp in the 1990s and fueled countless headlines with him about their "volatile romance." She was among the people Depp's attorneys listed as rebuttal witnesses in the trial on Monday.
The reason: When Heard testified about an incident involving her sister Whitney Henriquez earlier this month, she alluded to a rumored incident in which the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star allegedly shoved Moss down a staircase while they were dating.
"I don't hesitate. I just instantly think of Kate Moss and the stairs, and I swung at him. In all my relationships to date, I hadn't [delivered] a blow. For the first time, I hit him square in the face," the "Aquaman" actor testified.
When Heard, who is countersuing Depp for $100 million, name-checked Moss in court, Depp and his attorney, Ben Chew, shared a celebratory fist-bump. Claiming that she ruined his reputation and career, Depp is suing Heard for $50 million for allegedly libeling him in a 2018 op-ed she wrote that was published in the Washington Post.
The 48-year-old Moss— one of Depp's many famous girlfriends — reined supreme on the fashion scene in the '90s with her grungy and nonchalant "heroin chic" style. The petite 5-foot-7 model posed on the cover of nearly every major fashion magazine and dominated runways on the tail end of the supermodel era. (More recently her 19-year-old daughter, Lila Moss, has fronted a number of campaigns herself.)
The fashion icon has been a muse for photographer Mario Testino and designers including Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs, as well as the late Alexander McQueen and Christopher Bailey during their stints at Burberry. Not to mention that she was a wardrobe influencer before the term "influencer" entered the pop-culture vernacular.
As the story goes, Depp and Moss were introduced in 1994 by celebrity journalist George Wayne at New York's hip Cafe Tabac. He was 31 and she was 20 at the time.
"I did introduce Kate Moss to Johnny Depp at Cafe Tabac, and she will acknowledge that," Wayne told the Face in 2019. "So, Kate walks in with Naomi [Campbell]. They walked into this one [part of] the room and Johnny Depp was sitting at the back of the restaurant having dinner with a few friends. I grabbed Kate's hand and I said, 'Come. I'm taking you right now. I want you to meet Johnny.' I just grabbed her hand and took her back there. I said, 'Kate, this is Johnny. Johnny, this is Kate.' And that was the end of it. I didn't think they would go on to destroy five-star hotel rooms across the globe for the next two years. But that's what happened. I just wanted to, you know, cause a little drama. I said, why not?"
The two became the year's "It" couple and jet-setted around the world, plagued by paparazzi and reports about heated arguments they allegedly had.