Johnny Depp sued Heard for defamation after she wrote a column in which she claimed she had been assaulted by the actor. Amber Heard’s removal from ‘Aquaman 2’ receives 2 million signatures on a petition.
A petition on change.org is gathering pace amid the heated legal dispute between actor Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard. The petition to get Heard removed from the upcoming Aquaman 2 film has surpassed the two million signature threshold. After reports that he had assaulted his ex-wife, Depp, who played Captain Jack Sparrow in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, was dumped by Disney in the fifth edition.
In the film Aquaman, Heard portrays Princess Mera. The superhero in the film is played by Jason Momoa. According to the petition, Heard “has been revealed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp,” and her role in Aquaman 2 should be scrapped to avoid the alleged violence being “sensationalised.” “Also, Amber Heard was arrested in 2009 for assaulting a prior domestic partner, Tasya Van Ree,” the petition continues, “demonstrating a pattern of violence by Amber Heard.” Depp sued Heard for defamation in December 2018 after she penned a column for The Washington Post in which she referred to herself as a “public figure symbolising domestic abuse.”
Heard, 36, did not identify Depp, 58, but he sued her for claiming that he was a domestic abuser and is demanding $50 million in damages. Heard, who was born in Texas, countersued for $100 million, saying she had been subjected to “rampant physical assault and torture” at his hands. Depp, who testified previously on his own behalf, blamed Heard’s charges for the loss of his lucrative position as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates.”