The most high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time

Kate Moss to testify as things heat up in final week of Johnny Depp vs Amber Heard defamation trial

Stars Insider

24/05/22 | StarsInsider

CELEBRITY Law

Once you hit a certain level of fame or a certain bank account balance, lawsuits become inevitable. Realistically, we'd probably all get sued for libel if all of our social media posts and conversations were analyzed with a fine-tooth comb! It's no wonder then that celebrities are constantly besieged with legal problems. Some are so low-level that they don't even make it into the tabloids, while others dominate the headlines from start to finish.

In the sixth and final week of Johnny Depp's US$50 million defamation trial against Amber Heard, Heard's team brought witnesses Dr. Richard Moore, an orthopedic surgeon; Dr. David R. Spiegel, a psychiatrist; and Kathryn Arnold, a producer and entertainment industry consultant, the latter of whom was also providing explanation for the basis of Heard's countersuit of US$100 million, which she chalked up to Heard's career and reputation being tarnished due to the trial. Additionally, expert witness Dr. Spiegel made a splash at the trial on May 23 after he both gave his opinion that Depp appears to exhibit traits of someone committing intimate partner violence, along with absolutely baffling responses on the stands which left even the judge a little perplexed. 

Before the trial concludes, it has been reported that Kate Moss will take the stand to testify for Depp on May 25, since Heard testified about an alleged altercation between her sister and Depp in March 2015 which she said reminded her of an alleged incident with Moss. Heard said her sister was near a staircase trying to get Depp to calm down, then "Johnny swings at her," and she "instantly [thought] of Kate Moss and stairs." She added," "And I, for the first time, hit him— like, actually hit him. Square in the face." 

Depp's lawyers were seen fist-pumping when Heard mentioned Moss' name during her testimony, likely because it allowed them to call in the model as an impeachment witness to dispel the rumored incident in which Depp is said to have pushed her down the stairs. 

Click through this gallery to learn more about the trial and look back at some of the most significant high-profile celebrity lawsuits of all time.

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