Following Johnny Depp’s dismissal from the third Fantastic Beasts movie, a petition to remove Amber Heard from her current film project has now received a staggering number of signatures.
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After meeting on the set of The Rum Diary, the actor started dating Texan actress and model, Amber Heard, shortly after calling it quits with his long-term partner, Vanessa Paradis.
And, for the most part, this coupling seemed to be the start of a promising relationship.
Depp and Heard enjoyed a happy couple of years together, and would regularly attend red-carpet events as a couple, arm-in-arm, and seemingly madly in love.
And, not ones to waste any time, hastily tied the knot just one year later in February 2015.
Their honeymoon period was a little short-lived as, just months after their marriage, Depp reportedly suffered a hand injury as a result of “smashing bottles and windows” during a heated argument with his wife.
So it came as no shock when Heard filed for divorce in March 2016, just fifteen months after the couple had initially exchanged their “I do”s.
With many news outlets reporting that Heard had cited “irreconcilable differences” while filing the divorce petition.
Heard filed a restraining order against Depp, claiming that he had previously assaulted her.
It was a big allegation to make…
So people were confused when Heard retracted her allegations just one day before the hearing was due to be held.
Heard had alleged that the actor had hit her on several occasions, and even provided video footage of him flinging a glass of wine across the room in a fit of rage.
Though she didn’t explicitly name her ex-husband in her op-ed, she did allude to the time period when, “two years ago, I became a public figure representing domestic abuse, and I felt the full force of our culture’s wrath for women who speak out.”
Who was even made the American Civil Liberties Union’s “Ambassador for Women’s Issues”.
Depp found his career taking a hit as a result of the on-going scandal.
And his appearance in J.K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts sequel, The Crimes of Grindelwald, was heavily criticized.
In a career-shattering announcement just 4 days after Heard’s damning article, Disney announced that the actor would no longer be a part of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Last year, he filed a $50-million defamation case against Heard and presented evidence that he was the one on the receiving end of the abuse, not the other way around.
His defamation lawsuit read:
“The op-ed [Heard’s article] depended on the central premise that Ms. Heard was a domestic abuse victim and that Mr. Depp perpetrated domestic violence against her.”
And listed down incidents of Amber’s alleged abuse since the start of their marriage, including punching and kicking, as well as staging her attacks.
“She hit, punched, and kicked me. She also repeatedly and frequently threw objects into my body and head, including heavy bottles, soda cans, burning candles, television remote controls, and paint thinner cans, which severely injured me,” his lawsuit read.
Audio obtained by the Daily Mail was released that heard her admitting to attacking Depp.
“You are such a baby. Grow the f*** up, Johnny. You poke an animal enough, it is eventually, it doesn’t matter how friendly it is, it’s not cool,” she could be heard saying.
And, more recently, Depp has been in court for his libel case against The Sun newspaper – whom he was suing over a 2018 article in which he was described as a “wife-beater.”
While in court, both parties played pretty dirty, revealing compromising photographs of each other which have blown everything out of the water, yet again.
And of course with the evidence came more allegations.
He lost the controversial case against the newspaper and editor Dan Wootton.
“The Sun has stood up and campaigned for the victims of domestic abuse for over twenty years. “Domestic abuse victims must never be silenced and we thank the Judge for his careful consideration and thank Amber Heard for her courage in giving evidence to the court,” said a spokesperson.
Things were quick to get even worse for the actor as he was then forced to resign from his role of Grindlewald in Fantastic Beasts 3.
The actor announced the news via his Instagram.
In a statement, he vowed to “stay strong” and continue fighting to prove that the allegations made against him are “false.” He captioned his post with:
“The bigger the battle, the greater the victory.”
And many slammed Warner Bros’ decision, dubbing the whole scenario as a blatant example of “sexism.”
And whole-heartedly believe that he “deserves better.”
“Remove Amber Heard From Aquaman 2” was launched in the wake of Depp’s dismissal from Fantastic Beasts, and it has garnered an eyewatering amount of signatures.
And argues that, since their divorce, Heard has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood, repeating multiple accounts of fake incidents in which she had actually abused Johnny Depp, but lied and created false accounts of him being the abuser.”
And finished with a reminder about male domestic violence victims.
“Men are victims of domestic abuse, just like women. This must be recognized, and action must be taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry. Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2.”
Because, at the time of writing, the Change.org petition has received 1,512,475 signatures.
In an interview published November 12th, Heard had said:
“I’m super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back. I’m so excited to film that.”
This is a developing story, and updates will be posted accordingly.