Actor James Franco is now reportedly concerned within the ongoing authorized battle between exes Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
In keeping with The Blast, which was first to report the information, Depp’s authorized workforce is sending a subpoena to Franco after surveillance video footage surfaced, allegedly exhibiting the 41-year-old movie and TV star in an elevator with Heard at some point after the previous performing couple’s Might 2016 struggle.
In a press release to The Blast on Tuesday, Depp’s legal professional, Adam Waldman, mentioned, “We’re excited by James Franco and Elon Musk as reality witnesses as a result of we have now 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 and when she went to court docket with painted on ‘bruises’ to acquire a short lived restraining order on Might 27.”
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Within the video, obtained by the outlet, Heard, 33, is seen driving in an elevator — for the downtown Los Angeles condo she as soon as reportedly shared with Depp, 56 — by herself earlier than she will get out after which reappears with Franco.
In keeping with The Blast, the civil subpoena is part of Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit in opposition to Heard, which he filed earlier this 12 months after the actress wrote a Washington Put up op-ed about home abuse. Depp’s criticism says that though Heard didn’t use Depp’s identify within the Put up article, it was clear she was referring to him.
In response to the information of the reported subpoena, Heard legal professional Eric George informed Fox Information on Tuesday: “This bogus story is simply one other lame try by Johnny Depp and his workforce to unfold intentionally deceptive info via the tabloid media in order that he can proceed to assault and abuse his ex-wife.
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“Amber Heard and James Franco as soon as lived in the identical condo advanced and had been merely taking an elevator on the identical time. Interval. 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.”
As beforehand reported, Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 amid claims that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor bodily and verbally abused her. Depp has repeatedly denied the allegations. The 2 — they met on the set of the 2011 movie “The Rum Diary” — settled their $7 million divorce in 2017.
Reps for Franco and Depp didn’t instantly reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.
Fox Information’ Dom Calicchio contributed to this report.