Earlier this month, Johnny Depp lost a libel suit against British tabloid The Sun, claiming that the paper had no evidence to call him a “wife-beater” in a 2018 article. The High Court of Justice, however, found that 12 of the 14 alleged assaults presented by Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard had enough evidence to find that they had likely occurred, meaning The Sun had every right to make their statement about the actor. Yet despite court-proven evidence of Depp’s abuse, a petition calling for the firing of Amber Heard from Aquaman 2 has close to one million signatures.
While the petition has been up for over two years, it has gained steam over the last few weeks of Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s battle in court. The petition states that in Johnny Depp’s $50 million lawsuit against Heard, he describes several incidents in which Heard was actually the abuser. Some of the incidents mentioned were actually used as evidence in the recent court case, and were used as evidence that Depp was the actual abuser.
The petition continues to allege that in 2009, Amber Heard was arrested for abusing her former partner, Tasya Van Ree, and that there had been a pattern of abuse. The petition states that Heard was trying to ruin Johnny Depp’s standing in Hollywood, creating false incidents that painted Depp as the abuser, and saying that keeping Heard as part of Aquaman 2 is glamorizing a domestic abuser.
While the description of the petition doesn’t seem to have been updated since the recent court finding in favor of Amber Heard, a recent update from two days ago says from the petition’s creator, Lepplady Larson, that the fix was in against Johnny Depp. Larson implies that there’s a spread of corruption in the trial that involves the judge’s son, the defendants, and even the Murdocks. Larson says, “That’s why Heard was so smug throughout the proceedings. She knew the whole time that she had it in the bag.”
Harpers Bazaar has reported that Amber Heard has received death threats and misogynistic attacks since the trial began in July, and one can see that trend continuing in the comments of the aforementioned petition. But the facts presented in court so far have proven that Johnny Depp was in fact enough of an abuser that he could be called so in print. Despite counter-arguments from Depp’s legal team, no such statements have been proven about Heard.
Since the case wrapped up earlier this month, Johnny Depp has been fired from the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 3, yet will still receive his eight-figure paycheck after filming only one scene. It also appears that Depp will not appear in the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean, although it’s unclear what his part in this film would’ve been even before the case began. Meanwhile, Amber Heard is still scheduled to reprise her role as Mera in Aquaman 2, which is scheduled for release on December 16, 2022.