A petition calling for Amber Heard to be axed from the upcoming Aquaman 2 film is nearing three million signatures.
The actress has faced accusations of domestic abuse from her ex-husband Johnny Depp in their bombshell defamation trial.
Depp is suing Heard for $50million, claiming she defamed him and ruined his career after a 2018 Washington Post article in which she described herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’, without naming him.
Heard is countersuing for $100million and is yet to take to the stand, having been forced to silently watch on as the actor made multiple allegations about her abusive behavior during their tumultuous relationship.
The claims have prompted the actress to fire her PR team and switch to a new firm after a slew of ‘bad headlines’ about her from the trial, reports have said.
Depp was dropped by Disney in his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in the fifth installment of Pirates of the Caribbean after Heard alleged he had domestically abused her.
Now fans are calling for Heard to lose her role Princess Mera in Aquaman 2 as it emerged she allegedly domestically abused Depp.
A petition calling for Amber Heard to be axed from the upcoming Aquaman 2 film is nearing three million signatures
Heard featured as Princess Mera in the 2018 movie Aquaman, and is set to reprise her role in the sequel
The actress has faced accusations of domestic abuse from her ex-husband Johnny Depp in their bombshell defamation trial
The petition, which was started by Jeanne Larson, states: ‘Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp.
‘In his lawsuit, Johnny Depp describes many incidents of domestic abuse that he suffered at the hands of his (then) wife Amber Heard, including one incident where she punched him twice in the face and another where she shattered his finger with a vodka bottle, and his finger had to be surgically reattached.
‘He will bear the scar from that for the rest of his life.
‘Also, Amber Heard was arrested in 2009 for abusing a former domestic partner, Tasya Van Ree, demonstrating a repeated pattern of abuse by Amber Heard.
‘Since Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp, she 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.
‘About the incident during which she shattered the bones in Johnny Depp’s finger and nearly severed it, causing Depp to require surgery to reattach and repair it.
Depp and Heard are seen in September 2015 in Venice, Italy – the same year a blowout fight in Australia took place
Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom will come out in theatres in 2023 and is the sequel to 2018 fantasy film Aquaman (pictured) with Jason Momoa in the lead role
‘They must not ignore the suffering of Heard’s victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser.
‘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.’
After legions of fans switched to Depp’s defense after hearing his testimony, Heard ditched her PR firm Precision Strategies in favor of LA-based consulting firm Shane Communications.
She made the move in apparent hopes that she might receive more favorable coverage this week – during which time she is expected to take to the stand and testify.
‘She doesn’t like bad headlines,’ an unnamed source told the New York Post, which first reported the news.
Another source told the newspaper that Heard, 36, is ‘frustrated with her story not being told effectively.’
The A-list trial in Virginia, which started on April 11 and is set to last another three weeks, has so far seen Depp, 58, claim he was the victim of domestic abuse during his four days of testimony – with his bodyguard on Thursday even describing in detail the wounds on the actor’s face allegedly sustained during a confrontation with Heard.
The PR firm switch came following several days of court testimony from Depp witnesses that saw the social-media mob suddenly turn against Heard.
Heard’s credibility as a philanthropist also took a battering when it was claimed she had not donated her $3.5 million divorce settlement to charity – something she had promised publicly to do.
Just says before she is scheduled to give testimony against ex-husband Johnny Depp, Amber Heard, pictured, reportedly fired her PR team and hired a new public relations firm
Depp, 58, took the stand April 19 and has essentially controlled the narrative since then
Heard, 36,was using Precision Strategies but has now switched to the services of LA-based Shane Communications, an organization with a bevy of Hollywood experience
Depp sued his ex-wife Amber Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse’
She had apparently donated only $1.3 million — and much of that appeared to have come from her ex-boyfriend, billionaire Elon Musk.
According to Terence Dougherty, the chief operating officer of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the recipient of Amber’s ‘largesse’, $500,000 came from a Vanguard fund connected to Musk.
Her contributions dried up by 2019, and Dougherty told the court the ACLU ‘learned that she was having financial difficulties’.
Heard’s lawyer is arguing Depp abused the her both physically and sexually and she hopes to make her point once she takes the stand early this week.
Shane Communications is led by its CEO David Shane, who has briefed against Depp in the past.
Billionaire Tesla founder Elon Musk, 50, donated $500,000 to the ACLU on behalf of Amber Heard when the two were dating in 2016, the actress’s defamation trial heard Thursday. The two are pictured together in 2017
In 2017, the firm highlighted accusations made by Depp’s former business managers, The Management Group, alleging that the Pirates of the Caribbean star needed to hire a shrink for his ‘compulsive spending’ habit of spending $2 million per month.
Depp then launched a $25 million lawsuit last month against his business managers, The Mandel Company, claiming ‘gross mismanagement’ of his affairs.
One crisis communications expert told the Post that they believed the new PR company would have its work cut out in order to change the narrative.
‘It’s crazy to change teams in the middle of a trial like this because you don’t like the headlines,’ said Lis Smith, a senior communications director for Pete Buttigieg’s 2020 presidential campaign.
‘After years of narrative building, you can’t change the public’s opinion in the three weeks when someone is suing you in a case.’
Heard and Depp, who were married for just 15 months from 2015, are halfway through the explosive trial, which is expected to end on May 19. The pair are pictured in November 2011
Heard never wanted cameras to be allowed in the courtroom at all, but Depp’s team pushed for it, and won.
It means that the entirety of the trial could be heard by the public instead of the media simply cherry-picking what made it outside.
The trial has so far covered all manner of bizarre behavior with shocking allegations levied by both sides.
Depp has even accused his ex of defecating on their bed in an act of aggression.
Amber Heard is set to take to the stand in her bombshell defamation trial against ex-husband Johnny Depp as soon as Wednesday
The A-list trial in Virginia, which started on April 11 and is set to last another three weeks, has so far seen Depp claim he was the victim of domestic abuse
Testimony so far has also included photos of severed fingers, pictures of feces, videos of explosive arguments and temper tantrums, and even a discussion about the Hollywood star’s penis.
Depp denies the allegations of abuse noting how he brought the lawsuit in order to clear his name.
Lawyers for Heard say such denials are not credible because the actor was too drunk and high to remember what occurred.
The trial in the Fairfax County Courthouse runs Monday to Thursday from 10am to 5pm, and is set to conclude on May 19. Judge Penny Azcarate has a prescheduled conference from May 9 to 12 when the trial will pause for a week.