Johnny Depp subpoenas James Franco as video shows him and Amber Heard snuggling in elevator hours after 'big fight'
Johnny Depp's lawyer said they want James Franco to testify in the actor's $50 million lawsuit against Amber Heard because he saw her face after their alleged fight
'Pirates of the Caribbean' star Johnny Depp is reportedly sending James Franco a subpoena after watching footage from 2016 that showed two people—who closely resembled the actor and his former wife Amber Heard—entering the elevator together and snuggle.
Franco can be seen entering the elevator along with Heard and the two are seen snuggling only hours after Heard had a massive fight with Depp, according to The Blast.
Had a rough day? Here’s Amber Heard sneaking James Franco into an elevator when she was married to Johnny Depp. Hopefully this makes your day seem not so bad :+1::skin-tone-3: pic.twitter.com/5B6aXRb0XI— AJ (@ajsmith2369) July 3, 2019
The fight allegedly resulted in Heard having multiple bruises on her face as well as body. However, Depp claimed that she had "painted on" the wounds to get "positive publicity".
56-year-old Depp saw the video clip and will now reportedly ask Franco to appear in court via a subpoena as he wants him to relay what he saw when he met Heard.
Following Heard's abuse allegations, Depp had filed a $50 million lawsuit against her for defamation.
The actor claims that the abuse that Heard had spoken of was all a part of an "elaborate hoax". He has maintained his innocence and said that Heard's abuse claims were "conclusively refuted by two separate responding police officers, a litany of neutral third-party witnesses, and 87 newly obtained surveillance camera videos."
After Franco's subpoena, Heard's attorney Eric M. George released a statement to E! News and said that the video of Heard and Franco is "irrelevant".
"Amber Heard and James Franco once lived in the same apartment complex and were simply taking an elevator at the same time. Period. Johnny Depp and his team have been trying—and failing—to place a salacious story based on this irrelevant footage for weeks. It's pathetic," George added.
Depp's attorney, Adam Waldman, said, "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 21 and when she went to court with painted on ‘bruises’ to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order on May 27."
Heard and Depp had gotten married in 2015 and then separated the following year.
The couple finalized their divorce in January 2017 and have since slammed each other with allegations of abuse.