Johnny Depp’s divorce lawsuits with ex-wife Amber Heard have gotten rather bitter, and he has now dragged another major celebrity into one of them. Johnny Depp claims that Heard had an affair with Academy Award-nominated actor James Franco. According to Page Six, in the deposition with 43-year-old Franco, he will be asked about whether he had a physical relationship with Heard while she and Depp were still married.
The outlet adds that Franco will be questioned about apparent marks on Heard’s face, as well as if he ever observed them. The deposition is expected to happen in early 2022.
After Heard’s claims were published, a security camera caught Franco and her getting into an elevator 24 hours after she claimed Depp assaulted her and gave her a black eye.
In the video, Franco and Heard are seen leaving the elevator on the penthouse floor, which she shared with Depp. Her attorneys said that while Franco lived in the same building as Heard and Depp at the time, he was simply riding the elevator with her. Depp’s lawyers reject this claim.
“I have denied Ms. Heard’s allegations vehemently since she first made them in May 2016,” Depp wrote in the lawsuit, adding, “when she walked into court to obtain a temporary restraining order with painted-on bruises that witnesses and surveillance footage show she did not possess each day of the preceding week. I will continue to deny them for the rest of my life. I never abused Ms. Heard or any other woman.”
Heard filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. She had previously requested that the court dismiss the case, but her request was denied. Following his failure in a libel action against The Sun of England, Depp was referred to as a “wife-beater” by the publication.
In her defense, Heard appealed to the United Kingdom’s Depp case, claiming that it would be persuasive in the U.S. defamation lawsuit against her. However, Fairfax County Chief Judge Penney Azcarate said that there were distinct differences between the evidence in each case and rejected this argument.
“[Heard] argues she was in privity with The Sun because they both had the same interest in the case. However, for privity to exist, [Heard’s] interest in the case must be so identical with The Sun’s interest such that The Sun’s representation of its interest is also a representation of [Heard’s] legal right,” Judge Azcarate wrote in her ruling. “The Sun’s interests were based on whether the statements the newspaper published were false. [Heard’s] interests relate to whether the statements she published were false.”
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About Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is one of the most iconic actors in Hollywood. He has starred in some of the biggest films ever made, like Pirates of the Caribbean and Edward Scissorhands. But now he’s embroiled in a lawsuit that could cost him millions.
This dispute started when Johnny filed for divorce from Amber Heard amid allegations she was having an affair with his friend, film director James Franco. Now, movie producer Denise Di Novi is suing him for allegedly dragging her into this messy situation by falsely accusing her on Twitter of being part of their breakup drama.
About Amber Heard
Amber Heard is an actress who has starred in films like The Danish Girl and Justice League. She is also the ex-wife of Johnny Depp.
She recently made headlines for her divorce from Johnny Depp, but now continues to find work in such blockbusters as Aquaman and its upcoming sequel.
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