She recalled the "nightmare" of arguments that would ensue between her and Depp over Franco. "He hated, hated James Franco."
Just a day before Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, she had James over at her home, new evidence reveals.
During cross-examination on May 17, 2022, Heard was asked by Depp's lawyer, Camille Vasquez, about her testimony where she addressed she was seeking a temporary domestic violence restraining order on May 27, 2016, just to change the locks.
Just a day before, on May 16, Heard said that reason for her temporary restraining order was because she was "falling apart" and having difficulty sleeping because of panic attacks over Depp entering the residence she was staying in. She testified that building staff would let him in even if she requested he not be allowed.
Vasquez then asked why Heard "felt comfortable having James Franco over the evening of May 22, 2016, Ms. Heard?" Heard responded, "I do not know when James came over," to which the attorney said, "Okay, let's remind you," before requesting to pull up evidence, according to PEOPLE.
She then played elevator surveillance footage of Heard and Franco with the timestamp of May 22, 2016, at about 11 p.m. on their way up to her penthouse.
In the footage, Franco, 44, can be seen wearing a hat and backpack. At one point he rests his head on Heard's shoulder, as she appears to place her head on his. They then exit the elevator together.
Heard confirmed that it was Franco in the video and that they were going to her penthouse. "That's where I lived, yes," she said, adding that she is unsure what she knew of Depp's schedule at the time when asked if she was aware her husband would be out of town.
If you want a great example of how to do a cross, watch Johnny Depp's attorney, Camille Vasquez, cross-examine Amber Heard.— Aaron J. Aisen (@ajaisen) May 16, 2022
P.S. Throwing your attorneys under the bus while you are on the stand under oath is not a great trial strategy.#DeppHeardTrial
When asked about Franco, Heard explained, "He was my friend. And he lived next door, quite literally next door. And I, frankly, had exhausted my support network with my usual friends and was happy to welcome as much friendship at that time as I could possibly get."
She described Franco as a "close" friend with whom she had shot two movies in her testimony.
Heard went on to claim that Depp would often become jealous, accuse her of having affairs with her costars and that he didn't wish for her to continue with her acting career. She recalled the "nightmare" of arguments that would ensue between her and Depp over Franco.
WATCH LIVE: Amber Heard's Testimony Continues - Depp v Heard Defamation Trial https://t.co/jP2rB8PcFh— Law&Crime Network (@LawCrimeNetwork) May 17, 2022
"[Depp] was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco. He hated, hated James Franco and was already accusing me of kind of secretly having a thing with him in my past since we had done Pineapple Express together."
Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post about surviving domestic violence. She never mentioned Depp by name in the article.
The Pirates of the Caribbean actor originally filed the $50 million lawsuit in March 2019. She is countersuing for $100 million, claiming Depp launched a smear campaign to ruin her reputation and painting her allegations as "fake."
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Photo by Stuart C. Wilson