Falls Church, Virginia – Sources and experts told Fox News Digital that Amber Heard’s surprising mention of Kate Moss on the stand last week, which elicited pleasure from Johnny Depp’s lawyers, might backfire spectacularly.
The “Aquaman” actress told jurors on May 5 that the only time she “landed a blow” was during an argument with Depp in March 2015 over his alleged adultery, when she feared he was about to force her sister down the stairs.
“I make no reservations. I’m not going to hold my breath. I lunged at him, remembering Kate Moss and the stairwell “Heard yelled, alluding to an allegation that Depp once shoved a supermodel he dated in the 1990s down a flight of stairs.
As he turned to his colleagues and did a fist pump, Depp’s lawyer Ben Chew opened his mouth wide and his eyes lit up with joyful surprise. Depp, who was seated next to Chew, smiled warmly as he gazed down at the plaintiffs’ table.
Depp has filed a $50 million lawsuit against Heard in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court, alleging that an op-ed she penned in 2018 identifying herself as a victim of domestic abuse destroyed his reputation and business.
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Heard claims her ex-husband and his former attorney conspired to discredit her by labelling her abuse allegations a fake in a $100 million countersuit.
The name-dropping of the supermodel, according to Manhattan-based civil lawyer Roland Acevedo, was an evident gaffe that might “blow up in her face.”
“It could definitely lead to Kate Moss being called in,” Acevedo warned. “It’s a tangential topic that courts typically won’t let you bring up, but since the defence alleged he did it, they may suddenly be able to call her to establish it never happened. This has the potential to backfire on her.”
Judge Penney Azcarate will make the final decision on whether or not Moss can or will testify. Depp and Moss have remained close friends, according to a source close to him, and his legal team may approach her to testify during the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s rebuttal case.
Depp’s team believes Heard’s lapse will allow them to present evidence from her 2009 arrest at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport for allegedly striking ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree. According to Depp’s lawsuit, she was charged with misdemeanour domestic violence but the case was dropped.
Heard apparently claimed she was arrested on a “trumped-up charge” because the cops were misogynistic and homophobic after her mugshot was released.
Depp’s lawyers argued in the lawsuit that the officer who slammed her in cuffs “was both a woman and a lesbian activist, who publicly stated as much after she was publicly disparaged by Ms Heard.”
Broderick Dunn, a Virginia civil lawyer, said it’s possible the domestic violence event will be brought up today, but it’s a long shot. Heard may have opened the door to her own bad conduct by bringing up Depp’s alleged earlier bad deeds, he said.
“You can prepare a witness until you’re blue in the face,” Acevedo said, adding that mistakes still happen.
“They may have warned her ten times not to mention Kate Moss,” he claimed.
This week’s trial was postponed, but it will resume on Monday, with Heard in the witness box.