A source close to Depp confirmed that Moss and Depp remain close to this day.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million alleging that a 2018 op-ed she wrote in the Washington Post defamed him, alleging the article – which did not mention him by name – falsely portrayed him like an aggressor.
Heard sued Depp for $100 million, claiming his lawyer’s statements calling his abuse a “hoax” were defamatory.
Heard testified on the stand that she immediately thought of the Moss-related rumors when Heard and her sister were in an alleged altercation with Depp.
“He threw himself at Whitney, and I had heard a rumor, a vague rumor, about it,” Heard said on May 17.
In a 1998 Rolling Stone article, Depp is quoted as saying that, in conversations with author Hunter S. Thompson, “I was with Kate, and I think he went straight to the romantic jugular, shit like I beat her enough. I probably said, ‘Yeah, she’s beaten badly.'”
Depp’s team had no comment on the 1998 Rolling Stone quote.
During Monday’s trial, Heard’s team presented several expert witnesses, including two doctors.
Dr Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in hand surgeries, gave expert evidence that injuries to Depp’s finger after an incident in Australia were inconsistent with his allegation that Heard slapped him hand with a glass bottle of vodka.
Dr David Spiegel, a psychiatrist expert in domestic violence, said he believed Depp exhibited behaviors consistent with both someone with a substance use disorder and the consistent behaviors of a person who commits domestic violence. . Neither Moore nor Spiegel have ever reviewed or spoken with Depp. The two reviewed medical records and testimony associated with the case.
Entertainment industry expert Kathryn Arnold also testified about her analysis of Depp and Heard’s respective careers.
Arnold said she thought Heard’s op-ed didn’t have much of an impact on Depp’s career.
“Very little,” Arnold testified. “Almost no one even knew the editorial existed before he filed a complaint. If someone I know, but definitely not Disney.”
Arnold believes Heard, on the other hand, lost up to $50 million in potential earnings over the next five years due to statements by Depp’s attorney calling Heard’s claims a hoax.
Lawyers for both sides are expected to make closing statements in the case on Friday.