Johnny Depp, Kate Moss, and more testify in Amber Heard trial: Key moments from rebuttals
Rebuttals resumed after Walter Hamada, president of DC Films at Warner Bros., and various entertainment, medical, and psychiatric experts kicked things off Tuesday. Depp's ex-girlfriend, the model Kate Moss, dialed in to dispute rumors raised during Heard's testimony that Depp shoved her down a flight of stairs. Dr. Shannon Curry, a forensic psychologist, also returned to the stand while a former TMZ producer fielded questions about tips pertaining to press coverage.
Below are key moments from Wednesday's rebuttals.
Moss denies rumors of Depp shoving her down a flight of stairs
Moss addressed the court via live video link from Gloucestershire, England, to deny rumors that Depp was abusive toward her when they dated between 1994 and 1997. During her testimony, Heard alluded to rumors that Depp had pushed Moss down a flight of stairs while on vacation in Jamaica.
Asked about those allegations, Moss told the court that Depp "never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs." Instead, the model testified that she fell down the stairs and Depp helped care for her afterward.
"We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did, and there had been a rainstorm," Moss said. "And as I left the room, I slipped down the stairs and I hurt my back. And I screamed because I was in — I didn't know what happened to me — and I was in pain, and he came running back to help me and carried me to my room and got me medical attention."
Heard previously testified that during an argument in 2015 at her Los Angeles home with Depp, her sister Whitney got between them to diffuse the situation. Heard said Whitney was standing at the top of the stairs when Depp approached and allegedly swung at her, prompting Heard to yell, "Don't hit my f---ing sister!" before hitting Depp. "I don't hesitate," she testified. "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."
Heard's defense did not cross-examine Moss.
Depp calls Heard's testimony 'cruel' and 'false,' addresses the Moss rumor
Depp continued to deny Heard's abuse allegations, calling her testimony "cruel." "It's insane to hear heinous accusations of violence, sexual violence, that she's attributed to me," he testified. "I don't think anyone enjoys having to split themselves open and tell the truth but there are times when one just simply has to because it's gotten out of control." He called Heard's allegations "humiliating, ludicrous, painful, savage, unimaginably brutal, cruel, and all false." While Depp acknowledged no one is perfect, he said, "I have never, in my life, committed sexual battery, physical abuse, all these outlandish, outrageous stories of me committing these things."
He continued, "This is not easy for any of us. I know that. But no matter what happens, I did get here, and I did tell the truth, and I have spoken up for what I've been carrying on my back, reluctantly, for six years." Depp also accused Heard of getting violent with her sister Whitney, who testified on her behalf this week. Of the Moss rumor, Depp said Heard took a story he previously shared with her about it and "turned it into a very ugly incident." He testified, "There was never a moment where I pushed Kate down any set of stairs, yet [Heard has] spewed this three times before."
Depp says he helped Heard land her Aquaman role, but later warned Warner Bros. about her
Heard previously testified that Depp did not assist in helping her land her role in Aquaman. Depp called that assertion "not exactly true," testifying that after Heard auditioned, she was concerned about filming in Australia. (Heard was prosecuted in Australia in 2016 for illegally bringing her dogs into the country; the charges were ultimately dropped.) Depp told the court that he made some phone calls to studio execs on her behalf, and Heard got the job. "She asked if I would — because I had had a multi-film deal with Warner Bros. and so we'd been in business together — she asked me if I would speak to them."
"I made a phone call, and I spoke to three upper echelon Warner executives, Kevin Tsujihara, Sue Kroll, and Greg Silverman," Depp continued. "I can only say that ultimately she did get the job in the film. So hopefully, I suppose I had curbed their worries to some degree." During cross-examination, Heard's defense pushed back against the claims, accusing him of trying to get Heard fired from the film. They also shared a text message from Depp sent to his sister after his split, that read, "I want her replaced on that WB film!!!"
In response to the text, Depp testified, "I felt responsible for having gone to those people and painted such a beautiful picture [of Heard]. I felt it was my responsibility to get the truth to Warner Bros. about what they were going to be facing down the line, which was two franchises that would be causing problems for one another, especially as ... any news, any press, any media that came out about me at that time had been turned into, you know, I was Charles Manson; I was the worst thing on earth and they just kept coming, it was like a nonstop fire."
However, Depp denied reaching out to Tsujihara, Kroll, and Silverman and asking them to have Heard fired from the film.
Former TMZ producer and metadata expert testify about possible doctored videos and images
Morgan Tremaine, a former field assignment manager at TMZ, testified about the outlet's coverage of Heard and Depp's split. In 2016, Tremaine testified that the outlet received an anonymous tip with a Dropbox link to a video of Depp slamming cabinets in his kitchen, which was previously shared in court.
Tremaine testified that a portion of the video showing Heard smiling and giggling was not included in the initial clip sent via Dropbox, and that TMZ didn't edit the video. During cross-examination, Heard's defense questioned why Tremaine came forward with the editing details, suggesting that he wanted his "15 minutes of fame" amid the live-streamed trial. He denied this, adding that he only wanted to point out the discrepancies in the video should it assist the trial. "I had no interest in testifying," Tremaine said. "I had no idea I'd be on the stand." Tremaine's appearance in court comes after TMZ filed an emergency motion to block him from testifying, noting the importance of journalist and source confidentially. The presiding judge rejected the motion.
Later, Bryan Neumeister, a metadata and digital expert for team Depp, gave testimony suggesting that photos of Heard's bruised face were edited.
Closing arguments will be presented on Friday, May 27.