Johnny Depp‘s ex-girlfriend Kate Moss is gearing up to take the stand to testify in his $100 million defamation trial against Amber Heard, after the Aquaman actress namedropped the supermodel during her testimony earlier this month.
The famously-private model – who rarely discusses her personal life and has previously said that she ‘hates’ doing interviews – will be testifying publicly in support of her former beau, and is expected to shut down Heard’s claim that Depp once pushed Moss down the stairs.
Moss’ testimony could possibly throw a wrench in Heard’s case since it will give Depp’s team a chance to quell rumors about their relationship – an opportunity which only arose after Heard herself brought Moss up in court.
While Moss, now 48, has always spoken highly of Depp, now 58, and is understood to be ready to lend a helping hand in his case, their high-profile three-year relationship in the nineties was far from smooth sailing.
As two of the biggest names in Hollywood, the stars’ high-profile romance, which began in 1994 and lasted for three years, was widely covered by the media – and the pair quickly became one of the most talked about couples of the ’90s before they ultimately split in 1997.
And although Depp and Moss were often spotted packing on the PDA on romantic trips around the globe and often attended glamorous events side by side, their relationship also had a darker side to it that embroiled the pair in scandal and controversy, and led them to be featured in many a headline.
Johnny Depp’s ex Kate Moss (pictured in 1994) is gearing up to take the stand to testify in his $100 million defamation trial against Amber Heard, after the actress namedropped the supermodel during her testimony earlier this month
Depp, now 58, and Moss, now 48, started dating in 1994 and were together for three years before they split. They are seen in 1995 – one year after their high-profile romance kicked off and two years before their it ended, leaving Moss devastated
Depp and Heard (pictured in court today), 35, have been battling it out in court in recent weeks. And as Moss prepares to testify, FEMAIL has taken a look back at her wild and tumultuous relationship with the actor
They were seen getting into heated arguments more than once, and on one occasion, a disagreement between them led to Depp being arrested for trashing a hotel room.
We broke down Depp and Moss’ (pictured in 1995) whirlwind romance from start to finish – from how they met to their many controversies – including ruined hotel rooms resulting in thousands of dollars of damage and drug-ridden parties which ended in someone being hospitalized
Despite the tiffs, Moss and Depp stayed together for three years. They ultimately split in 1997, after Depp said he struggled to balance his busy work schedule with his relationship, and Moss later admitted that the breakup left her devastated for ‘years.’
Depp and Heard, 35 – who tied the knot in 2015, and were married for one year before Heard filed for divorce in 2016 – have been battling it out in court in recent weeks.
The trial, which is still underway in Virginia, is attempting to determine if a 2018 Washington Post essay written by Heard, in which she accused the actor of domestic abuse, defamed Depp.
During Heard’s testimony, the actress alleged that Depp once pushed Moss down a flight of stairs – however, sources say it never happened and that Moss has continued to support her ex-boyfriend throughout the court case.
Heard’s accusations about the former flames have opened the door for Depp’s lawyers to call Moss to the stand as a witness, which is reportedly set to take place on Wednesday.
As Moss prepares to testify, FEMAIL has taken a look back at her wild and tumultuous relationship with Depp.
We broke down the whirlwind romance from start to finish – from how the pair’s random meet up in a New York City café blossomed into one of the most talked about relationships in Hollywood to their many controversies – including ruined hotel rooms resulting in thousands of dollars of damage and drug-ridden parties which ended in someone being hospitalized.
How it all began: The chance meet-up in a New York City café that blossomed into one of the most talked-about romances in Hollywood
Moss and Depp met at a popular New York City café called Tabac in 1994. Vanity Fair writer George Wayne later revealed that he was the one who set the two up. The pair is pictured that same year
According to the model, who is seen with Depp a year after they started dating, she felt an instant connection to the movie star. She once said, ‘I knew from the first moment we talked that we were going to be together’
Moss and Depp met at a popular New York City café called Tabac in 1994, a year after he split from Winona Ryder – when the model was 20 years old and the actor was 31.
Vanity Fair writer George Wayne later revealed that he was the one who set the two up.
Wayne wrote on Instagram in 2019, ‘Johnny was in the back having dinner and Kate walked in with Naomi [Campbell] and [I] grabbed her and made the introduction!
‘I had no idea that they would then become the IT couple for seasons to come, destroying hotel rooms across the globe during their still unforgettable union.’
According to Moss, she felt an instant connection to the movie star.
‘I knew from the first moment we talked that we were going to be together,’ she once said, according to People.
For three years, the pair was practically inseparable, and they couldn’t keep their hands – or lips – off one another.
One onlooker who once spotted them together in 1994 told the outlet, ‘They can’t keep their hands, lips, mouths, legs off of each other.’
The highs and lows: Inside the couple’s numerous controversies, including trashed hotel rooms and drug-ridden parties
Throughout their romance, the stars were seen arguing many times, and on one occasion in September 1994, a disagreement led to Depp being arrested for trashing a hotel room. They are pictured in April 1994 – just months before the incident
Police said they found Depp ‘in a state of possible intoxication.’ Moss – who was also at the scene – was uninjured. A judge dismissed the charges, and Depp paid $9,767 to the hotel. The couple is pictured in 1995, seven months after the arrest
While it certainly appeared to be filled with many ups, their whirlwind romance also had some downs, as the two stars were seen shouting at each other in public on more than one occasion.
And in September 1994, one heated argument between them resulted in Depp being arrested for criminal mischief.
The actor allegedly trashed their hotel room at the Mark Hotel in Manhattan. Police said they found Depp ‘in a state of possible intoxication.’ Moss – who was also at the scene – was uninjured.
A judge later dismissed the charges, and Depp paid $9,767.12 to the hotel for the damages and the remainder of his bill.
When Moss rang in her 21st birthday in 1996, Depp threw her an enormous party for her at the famous Hollywood club the Viper Room, which he owned at the time.
Unfortunately, the night ended in devastation after one party goer – Australian actor Jason Donovan – had a drug-induced seizure.
He later opened up about the terrifying incident in his 2007 memoir, Between the Lines: My Story Uncut Paperback, according to The Mirror.
‘I had been excited about the party for weeks. Who wouldn’t be? It’s not every day you receive an invitation from Johnny Depp,’ he wrote. ‘I knew that it was going to be the party of all parties.’
When Moss rang in her 21st birthday in 1996, Depp threw her a party for her at the Hollywood club the Viper Room (pictured), which he owned at the time
Donovan recalled feeling jetlagged and exhausted after flying from Sydney to LA for the party, so he decided to get some drugs.
‘I made a call. It was as easy as ringing for room service, the only difference being that what they were delivering was drugs,’ he recalled.
Unfortunately, the night ended in devastation after one party goer – Australian actor Jason Donovan (pictured in 1990) – had a drug-induced seizure. Thankfully, he fully recovered after being treated at Cedars-Sinai Hospital
‘For a couple of hundred dollars I purchased a large bag of weed and half an ounce of uncut cocaine.
‘It was more coke than I would have ordered if I had been at home, but I didn’t want to run out and have to call the dealer again.’
He did the drugs alone in his hotel room before heading to the Viper Room for the celebration.
He said he continued to do drugs throughout the night until he started to feel sick – right as Depp and Michael Hutchence were taking the stage to perform.
‘I knew the symptoms all too well, for it was not the first time this had happened to me,’ he said.
‘My heart was racing, my vision was blurring and I was becoming disorientated. I tried to steady myself but my legs buckled under me and I fell to the floor.
‘I am not sure what happened next but I do know that someone had pulled the plug on the music and was calling for an ambulance.’
Thankfully, he fully recovered after being treated at Cedars-Sinai Hospital.
Donovan recalled Depp telling him later, after he apologized to the actor, ‘That’s cool, don’t worry. We’re just pleased that you are OK. Now take some advice from me, go to your room, get some sleep and for God’s sake take it easy in future.’
After splitting in 1997, the celebrity couple was spotted hanging out again in 1998 at the Cannes Film Festival, where Moss faced her own hotel problems after she allegedly got in trouble for wearing a bikini in the hallways of the highly acclaimed Hotel du Cap.
She reportedly trashed her hotel room during the stay, and was banned from ever setting foot there again.
Where it all went wrong: A breakdown of why Hollywood’s ‘it’ couple ultimately split up, leaving Moss in ‘tears’ for years
The couple (seen in 1996, one year before things went wrong) was together for three years before they eventually split in 1997. After going their separate ways, Moss admitted that she spent ‘years’ crying over losing the actor
As for why they split, Depp later told Hello magazine that he struggled to balance his busy work schedule with their relationship. The couple is pictured during happier times in February 1994
The couple was together for three years before they eventually split in 1997. After going their separate ways, Moss spoke out about the breakup to Vanity Fair, and she admitted that she spent ‘years’ crying over losing the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
‘There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit,’ she said in the 2012 interview.
‘I believed what he said. Like if I said, “What do I do?” he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!’
As for why they split, Depp later told Hello magazine that he struggled to balance his busy work schedule with their relationship.
‘I have never got that emotional over a woman before,’ he said. ‘I have been so stupid because we had so much going for our relationship.
‘I’m the one who has to take responsibility for what happened – I was difficult to get on with, I let my work get in the way and I didn’t give her the attention I should have done.
After Depp split from Moss, he entered into a relationship with Vanessa Paradis. They split in 2012, and he started dating Heard – whom he met on set of The Rum Diary – soon after. Depp and Heard are seen on the red carpet for Rum Diary in 2011
As for Moss, she gave birth to a daughter, named Lila Grace Moss-Hack, in 2002, with Jefferson Hack. She is now dating British-German photographer Nikolai von Bismarck (pictured together in 2020)
‘The whole thing was crazy because I should never have got so worked up over what people had to say about my work.
‘Sure I should care about my movies, but when I get home I should try to leave that stuff behind. I couldn’t do that and I was horrific to live with. Trust me, I’m a total moron at times.’
Rumors started to circulate that the pair had reconciled in January 1998, when an outlet reported that Depp had ordered 36 bottles of champagne to his hotel room in West London so that Moss could take a bath in the bubbly.
However, she denied these claims, explaining that she was not even staying at the hotel at the time.
‘It was not her. It was not Kate, it’s not her style. She doesn’t use the hotel anymore,’ a rep told The Independent.
After Depp split from Moss, he entered into a long-term relationship with French singer Vanessa Paradis, whom he dated for 14 years.
Together, they welcomed a daughter, named Lily-Rose, in 1999, and a son, named Jack, in 2002.
They split in 2012 and he started dating Heard soon after. They got engaged in 2014, and married one year later. In 2016, Heard filed for divorce, and it was finalized in 2017.
As for Moss, she was linked to a few famous faces since her relationship with Depp ended, including Libertines band member Pete Doherty and The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince.
She gave birth to a daughter, named Lila Grace Moss-Hack, in 2002, with Dazed & Confused editor Jefferson Hack.
She is now dating British-German photographer Nikolai von Bismarck.
The defamation trial: How Moss’ testimony could impact Depp’s $100 million lawsuit against Heard
While testifying during the defamation trial, Heard (pictured on the stand on May 4) claimed Depp once pushed Moss down the stairs. She made the allegation while discussing an argument she allegedly had with Depp at the top of a staircase
The trial, which is still underway in Virginia, is attempting to determine if a 2018 Washington Post essay written by Heard, in which she accused the actor of domestic abuse, defamed Depp. The exes are pictured battling it out in court last month
While testifying during the 2022 defamation trial, Heard claimed that Depp once pushed Moss down the stairs.
Moss has never publicly accused Depp of hurting her, and she has never spoken out about Heard’s claims, but sources say she has been nothing but supportive of Depp throughout the trial. She and Depp are pictured near the start of their relationship in 1994
She made the allegation while discussing an argument that she allegedly had with Depp at the top of a staircase, when she said her sister, Whitney, stepped in between them.
‘She threw herself in the line of fire. She was trying to get Johnny to stop. Her back was to the staircase, and Johnny swings at her. I don’t hesitate and wait – I instantly think of Kate Moss and stairs,’ she claimed.
Heard made similar claims during the 2020 trial between Depp and the British outlet The Sun, whom he sued for describing him as a ‘wife-beater’ while covering his relationship with Heard.
‘He pushed Kate Moss down the stairs, I heard this from two people, and this was fresh in my mind,’ Heard told the jury at the time.
Moss has never publicly accused Depp of hurting her, and she has never spoken out about Heard’s claims, but sources say she has been nothing but supportive of Depp throughout the trial.
By mentioning the alleged misconduct during the court case, Heard inadvertently allowed Depp’s lawyers to call Moss as a witness to discuss the rumor, and she is now gearing up to take the stand to testify on Wednesday.
After Heard brought up the allegation, Depp’s legal team could be seen fist bumping and celebrating over the opportunity.
‘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 say, “This never happened,”‘ California entertainment lawyer Mitra Ahouraian told the New York Post after Heard first made the allegations.