James Franco was seen in New York City on Thursday as his name was mentioned in the ongoing civil trial between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
The Oscar-nominated actor, 44, was clad in a grey T-shirt with black jeans and black sneakers with red and blue highlights. He sported a mustache and beard and donned a black ball cap on the daytime outing.
The Disaster Artist star had a denim bag around his shoulder and carried a water bottle in one hand and a phone in the other, while wearing earphones, on the spring day in the Big Apple.
The latest: James Franco, 44, was seen in New York City on Thursday as his name was mentioned in the ongoing civil trial between Johnny Depp, 58, and Amber Heard, 36
Heard, 36, said in testimony in Thursday’s hearing at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, that Franco was a source of animosity between her and Depp during their tumultuous relationship.
Heard testified that Depp, 58, was physically and verbally abusive to her on a May 2014 Boston-to-Los Angeles private plane ride out of jealousy that she was working with Franco on the 2015 crime drama The Adderall Diaries, People reported.
Heard, who had previously worked alongside Franco in 2008’s Pineapple Express, said that Depp put her through a ‘nightmare’ in clashing with her over accepting the acting job alongside Franco in the film, which also starred Ed Harris, Timothée Chalamet and Christian Slater.
Depp ‘was mad at me for taking the job with James Franco,’ Heard told the court. ‘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.’
The Oscar-nominated actor was clad in a grey T-shirt with black jeans and black sneakers with red and blue highlights
Franco sported a mustache and beard and donned a black ball cap on the daytime outing
The Disaster Artist star had a denim bag around his shoulder and carried a water bottle in one hand and a phone in the other
Heard said that Depp was controlling over scenes she filmed that involved ‘any sort of romantic’ interactions.
‘He had already been upset with me and accused me in many arguments about not telling him about scenes that I had, if I had a kissing scene,’ Heard said. ‘I wasn’t explicit about what I was going to do, then I was accused of having withheld information and hiding it from him.
‘So I didn’t want the fight, of course, I didn’t want the argument, but I had to kind of egg-shell tip-toe around how to tell him when I had any sort of scene like that.’
Heard said that Depp ‘screamed’ when she informed him of her scenes with Franco in the motion picture, reacting as if she had told him she ‘had had an affair.
‘He was that angry at me,’ Heard said, adding that she was ‘nervous’ ahead of the trip to Los Angeles and knew ‘something was wrong’ when Depp boarded the aircraft.
She said, ‘I just knew in every cell of my body something was wrong,’ noting that she attempted to avoid Depp’s probing questions about her romantic scene with Franco for the movie.
Heard said in testimony in Thursday’s hearing in Fairfax, Virginia, that Franco was a source of animosity between her and Depp during their tumultuous relationship
Heard told the court Depp ‘was mad at [her] for taking the job with James Franco’ on the 2015 crime drama The Adderall Diaries
Heard said that Depp grilled her over their romantic scenes in the motion picture
Heard told the court Depp had asked her if she ‘slipped a tongue’ to Franco during the scene, and asked ‘about how [she] liked it’ and ‘responded’ to it, and ‘started straight up taunting’ her.
Heard testified that Depp had said ‘really disgusting things about [her] body,’ and humiliated her when calling her a ‘slut’ in the presence of security staffers and assistants also on the aircraft.
Depp began throwing items such as ice cubes and eating utensils at Heard, she told the court, and then slapped her face and kicked her in the back.
‘It was the first time anything like that had happened in front of somebody,’ Heard said. ‘No one said anything. No one did anything. You could hear a pin drop on that plane. You could feel the tension. But nobody did anything … I felt so embarrassed that he could kick me to the ground in front of people.’
The Edward Scissorhands actor admitted in testimony that the pair had clashed over Franco and said that he thought she could be having an affair with him during their marriage.
The Kentucky-born actor had spoken about the exchange on the plane earlier in the trial, denying that he has ever hit Heard or any woman.
Franco and Heard were snapped at the 2015 screening of The Adderall Diaries at the Tribeca Film Festival in NYC
Franco and Heard posed for a shot at The Adderall Diaries premiere in LA in April of 2016, a month before her split from Depp
Heard said that Depp had physically and verbally assaulted her on a May 2014 flight on a private plane
Depp is suing Heard over defamation claims linked to a 2018 article she penned for The Washington Post in which the Aquaman actress called herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’
Heard had been ‘actively searching’ for an argument after the pair had ‘argued the night before,’ Depp told the court, adding that he had not been drunk but had taken pain pills prior to the flight.
‘I knew that she was ready for some kind of brawl, and I sat on the plane drawing in my notebook,’ Depp said. ‘She would verbally heckle, hassle, accuse, poke, prod physically, psychologically and emotionally.’
Depp is suing Heard over defamation claims linked to a 2018 article she penned for The Washington Post in which the Aquaman actress called herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse.’
Attorneys for the actress had sought to have the trial relocated to California, where both Depp and Heard live, but a judge ruled that the case was properly located in Virginia, where the newspaper’s online servers are based out of.
Depp in 2020 lost a libel case against the outlet The Sun over their reporting of the split, labeling him a ‘wife-beater;’ his efforts last year to overturn the decision were overruled.
Depp and Heard initially met filming the 2011 movie The Rum Diary and exchanged vows in 2015. They parted ways in May of 2016, at which time Heard looked to obtain a restraining order against the actor amid claims of domestic violence, which Depp denied. The former pair reached an out-of-court divorce settlement in August of 2016
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