The high-profile defamation suit between Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Hard is set to get another dash of celebrities – British model Kate Moss is expected to testify.
Moss, 48, Depp’s ex-girlfriend, is due to appear via video on Wednesday.
Moss, who appeared with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star from 1994 to 1997, is being called in to testify against Depp’s legal team, according to the New York Post and other US media.
Hard, 36, during his testimony earlier this month, cited a reported incident where Depp Moss was allegedly pushed into a flight of stairs.
The reference provided an opportunity for Depp’s lawyers to call Moss as a witness in resolving the allegations.
Depp, 58, filed a lawsuit against Hard for an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post in December 2018, in which he described himself as a “public figure representing domestic violence.”
Hard, who starred in “Aquaman,” did not name Depp in the op-ed, but filed a lawsuit against him alleging he was a domestic abuser and seeking $ 50 million in damages.
Hard, who was born in Texas, demanded 100 100 million and claimed that he had suffered “a lot of physical violence and torture” at his hands.
Depp, during his four days at the witness stand, denied hitting Hard or any other woman, claiming that he was the one who was most often violent.
On Monday, a seven-member jury hearing the case heard the testimony of Hardy’s team and two doctors called by Hollywood industry experts as witnesses.
Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon, said Depp’s finger injury during the fight with Hard was less likely than what Depp said it was.
Depp said the tip of the middle finger of his right hand was severed when Hard threw a vodka bottle at him while the couple was in Australia, where he was filming the fifth installment of the “Pirates” franchise.
Moore, who reviewed the medical records, said the wound did not fit that interpretation.
David Spiegel, a psychiatrist, testified that Depp had “narcissistic traits” and behavior that indicated he had a substance abuse disorder.
While pressing for the so-called Goldwater Rule of the American Psychiatric Association, Spiegel Depp was hired on an experimental basis with a lawyer, who stated that “it is unethical for a psychiatrist to give a professional opinion unless an examination is performed.”
Spiegel acknowledged that he had not personally examined Depp but said his views as an expert witness were valid.
‘Cause of one’s own death’
Hard also testified on behalf of entertainment expert Katherine Arnold, who said Depp’s habitual “laziness, alcoholism and drug abuse” had damaged her career as well as other cases.
“He’s causing his own death,” Arnold said.
Arnold said the alleged defamatory statement about Adam Deldman Hard, Depp’s former lawyer, had damaged his career.
After starring in “Aquaman,” he said, Hard’s career was in a “meteor shower” but was hampered by “a lot of negative publicity.”
“His world has become silent in terms of opportunities,” he added, adding that hard film and TV have lost between $ 45 million and $ 50 million for roles and approvals.
Depp’s lawyers put experts on stand before the trial, who testified that the actor had lost millions due to allegations of abuse, including a $ 22.5-million salary for the sixth installment of “Pirates.”
Depp filed a defamation suit in the United States after losing a separate defamation suit in London in November 2020, accusing The Sun of calling him “wife-Peter.”
Depp, a three-time Oscar nominee, and Hard married in February 2015. Their divorce was finalized two years later.
Judge Penny Azcaret has set a final date for the case on Friday, after which it will go to jury.
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