James Franco gets caught up between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s feud.
In 2016 Depp divorced his ex-wife, Amber Heard. They were married for 15-months. Amber claimed that Depp had been abusive to her throughout their marriage.
However, on May 22nd, 2016, Franco was with Heard in an elevator at Depp’s Los Angeles apartment building. This was the day after Amber claimed that Depp had injured her.
James leans on Amber as seen in the video by the surveillance camera in the elevator. The time stamp on the video shows, May 22nd 11:00 pm.
Therefore, Depp’s lawyers will be questioning Franco as a witness. They will be asking him to report any bruises or injuries to her face and also if Heard had mentioned anything about the fight.
Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman told The Blast, “We are interested in James Franco and Elon Musk as fact witnesses because we have evidence they are men who saw Amber Heard’s face in the days and nights between when she claimed Mr. Depp smashed her in the face on May 21st and when she went to court with painted on bruises to obtain a temporary restraining order on May 27.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s dispute
The Pirates of the Caribbean star believed that Heard is accusing him of domestic violence to defame him and damage his career. However, Amber Heard’s lawyer stated, “Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused Amber Heard. Since their divorce, Mr. Depp has continued to publicly harass Miss. Heard and attempted to gaslight the world by denying his abuse.”
Heard filed an order of protection on May 27, 2016, arguing that her estranged husband pays her $50,000 per month until they worked towards a divorce. She also asked for permission to stay in the five-penthouse pad and to be allowed to record any conversation she had with Depp. She requested anger management classes for Depp as well.
Amber also accused Depp of being jealous of her relationship with co-star James Franco. During a flight, Depp had been continuously drinking and throwing things at Heard. She sat further away but that did not stop him.
She wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post, “Johnny’s handlers told me he was upset that I was filming a movie with a romantic scene with James Franco the day before.”
Depp’s side of the story
However, Depp denied any such misconduct. He claimed that Amber had done this for his money.
He submitted a text from Amber as evidence to the court. She wrote, “Do this or undue this as we see fit. You and I have the control and love each other. I’m sorry if I’ve hurt you. I have nothing but love for you.”
Depp also submitted his declaration. He stated, “When I did not accede to her demand for money, Ms. Heard publicly accused me of domestic violence, seeking and receiving a temporary restraining order against me when appearing in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday, May 27, 2016 with a first-ever seen prominent bruise and cut on her face that she claimed resulted from being hit in the face by a cell phone thrown by me and further facial battering from some appendage of mine on the evening of May 21st, 2016.”
Virginia Judge has set the trial date for Feb 3rd, 2020. It will last for 12 days.