Here’s Why Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Pumped Their Fists When Amber Heard Brought Up Kate Moss
Published on May 11th, 2022 | Updated on May 11th, 2022 | By FanFest
Johnny Depp‘s lawyers were seen fist-pumping when Amber Heard mentioned the name “Kate Moss” last Monday during her testimony, since the name-drop has the potential to assist their case.
Depp’s attorney Benjamin Chew made a “celebratory acknowledgment” in the Fairfax, Virginia courtroom on May 2.
“Amber mentioned an ex of Johnny’s that clearly she felt was not supportive of him, which couldn’t be further from the truth,” the source said to The Post, in an apparent reference to Moss’ potential to help Depp’s case.
Heard’s testimony about Moss might provide her ex-husband’s team the opportunity to refute a rumor that he pushed the British supermodel down a flight of stairs when they dated in the 1990s, according to legal experts.
On Thursday, however, Heard’s testimony gave jurors a possible slip-up. In March 2015, she claimed that she punched Depp in the face out of fear he would push her sister Whitney down a flight of stairs.
The “Aquaman” actress recalled thinking about “Kate Moss and the stairs,” causing Chew to turn and fist-pump.
After Kate Moss’ name was brought up by Amber Heard, Johnny Depp’s legal team appeared to be joyful.
Depp’s attorneys appeared to be fist-pumping.
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Typically, allegations that are not connected to a specific accusation in a case — such as this reported occurrence — is not permitted at trial.
However, in this situation, Heard’s statement about Moss might allow Depp’s lawyers to call the catwalker as a witness in order to refute the claim, according to experts.
“[Moss] is still allegedly friends with Johnny and her testimony wasn’t allowed to come in before because it wasn’t as relevant,” said California entertainment lawyer Mitra Ahouraian.
“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 Moss “saying ‘this never happened,’” Ahouraian explained.
The inclusion of Moss in Depp’s team’s claim could be used to their advantage, according to Halim Dhanidina, a former California judge and current criminal defense attorney.
Dhanidina said Depp’s team could say, “You brought up Kate Moss and she wasn’t going to be part of this trial but now she is.”
“Johnny Depp’s team is going to argue that they should be permitted to call her to debunk any rumor about Johnny Depp pushing [Moss] down stairs,” he said.
Heard’s side may respond that the Moss statement was intended to clarify her “state of mind” when she struck Depp, according to Dhanidina.
Her attorneys could argue that “there is no need to bring additional evidence about Kate Moss to have a side trial on this other incident,” the former judge said.
Depp’s camp will almost certainly cross-examine Heard about the Moss remark.
Dhanidina said that Judge Penney Azcarate, who presides over Johnny Depp’s case, “has a lot of discretion” in determining whether or not Moss will testify further.
Describing the same fight involving her sister, Heard told the British court at the time: “I remembered information I had heard [that] he pushed a former girlfriend — I believe it was Kate Moss — down the stairs. I had heard this rumor from two people and it was fresh in my mind.”
If the court allows this allegation to enter evidence, Depp may be able to bring up prior charges of bad behavior against Heard.
“To me the more interesting question, is whether the mention of [the Moss allegation] or the rumor of that incident entitles Johnny Depp’s team to bring in evidence of Amber Heard’s prior domestic violence conduct,” Dhanidina said.
“If you go outside the bounds of the conduct in this case to include other violent conduct committed by your opponent, it’s only fair for your opponent to be able to do the same for you,” the lawyer said.
According to a source, Moss is still “supportive” of Depp.
In 2009, Heard was accused of domestic abuse against then-fiancee Tasya van Ree – who later claimed that the accusations were quickly withdrawn.
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