James Franco is the newest superstar to be dragged into Johnny Depp’s $50 million defamation go well with in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard, a report mentioned Tuesday.
Attorneys for Depp, 56, are sending “The Deuce” star a subpoena over a video that exhibits him getting shut with the actress on an elevator trip sooner or later after Depp allegedly gave Heard, 32, a black eye in a marriage-ending combat, based on The Blast.
Depp has claimed Heard used make-up to gin up bruises, and his attorneys need to ask Franco and Heard’s ex-boyfriend, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, what she seemed like on the time.
“We’re occupied with James Franco and Elon Musk as truth witnesses as a result of we’ve got proof they’re males who noticed Amber Heard’s face within the days and nights between when she claimed Mr. Depp smashed her within the face on Might 21 [in 2016] and when she went to courtroom with painted on ‘bruises’ to acquire a short lived restraining order on Might 27,” Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, instructed The Blast on Tuesday.
Footage, obtained by the web site, allegedly exhibits a raveled Heard boarding the elevator in a dowdy cardigan, getting off on one other ground and strolling again in trailed by Franco.
She then stands subsequent to the 41-year-old actor, and each of them lean their heads down and away from the cameras. On the finish of the clip, Franco may be seen placing his brow on Heard’s shoulder earlier than she leans her head on his.
Heard’s lawyer Eric George instructed Fox Information that his consumer and Franco as soon as lived in the identical condo advanced and have been merely taking the elevator on the similar time.
“This bogus story is simply one other lame try by Johnny Depp and his workforce to unfold intentionally deceptive data by the tabloid media in order that he can proceed to assault and abuse his ex-wife,” he mentioned. “Johnny Depp and his workforce have been making an attempt — and failing — to position a salacious story based mostly on this irrelevant footage for weeks. It’s pathetic.”
Depp sued Heard in Virginia final yr over a Washington Submit op-ed she penned about her expertise as a sufferer of home violence. Depp was not named within the piece, however he insists it was strongly inferred he was the perpetrator.
Heard responded to his lawsuit in April this yr by detailing the alleged “horrific” abuse she claims she suffered by the hands of the actor.
The “The Rum Diary” co-stars have been married for simply over a yr earlier than they separated in Might 2016.