Amber Heard Grilled As Court Shown James Franco Elevator Video
Actors James Franco and Amber Heard arrive at A24/DIRECTV's 'The Adderall Diaries' Premiere at ArcLight Hollywood on April 12, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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Amber Heard took on tough questioning from ex-husband Johnny Depp’s legal team on Tuesday, as the court was shown surveillance footage of then-married Amber Heard cuddling up to actor James Franco in a private elevator to Depp’s penthouse.

Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2016 Washington Post op-ed from Heard about domestic violence. Heard has countersued for more than $100 million.

“That’s you and Mr. Franco on May 22, 2016, right Ms. Heard?” Depp attorney Camille Vasquez asked the actress during cross-examination.

“That’s correct,” Heard confirmed.

“And you’re taking him up to the penthouses, aren’t you?” the attorney pressed. Heard responded, “That’s where I lived, yes.”

Vasquez then refreshed Heard’s memory, offering a timestamp to show her meeting with Franco started right around 11 p.m.

“You changed the locks to the penthouses on May 22, 2016,” Vasquez continued.

“I attempted to,” the actress responded.

“That’s why you felt comfortable having James Franco over the evening of May 22, 2016?” the attorney charged, stating that Heard “knew Mr. Depp was out of town.”

“I don’t know what I knew of his schedule at the time,” Heard replied.

During redirect questioning, Heard claimed she was merely friends with Franco, and that she had reached out to him because she had “exhausted” everyone else in her support system.

The footage shows Heard cuddling up to Franco in a private elevator en route to Depp’s Los Angeles penthouse, a home Depp shared with Heard at the time.

The security footage, dated May 22, 2016, was also shown before a London court in 2020, when Depp was suing The Sun for libel. The footage also was after Heard filed for a restraining order against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor.

“The footage shown in court from the CCTV system of Heard’s home in LA [Depp’s penthouse] shows her entering a lift on May 22, 2016, at 22.56pm wearing a long robe and going down to collect James Franco from reception,” NZ Herald reported in 2020. “He enters the lift wearing a baseball cap and is carrying a backpack. Once inside the pair huddle in a corner with their faces away from the camera.”

The actress has previously said her conversation with Franco was “discreet,” and that she was not trying to hide from the elevator camera because of Depp.

“We were talking and he was saying to me ‘Oh my god what happened to you?'” Heard claimed, suggesting she had marks on her face from Depp throwing a phone at her. “‘What the f***?’ is what he said to me.'”

During the defamation case against Heard, Depp confirmed on the stand that he suspected his ex-wife cheated on him with the “Pineapple Express” actor.


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