While Amber Heard is battling her ex-husband and fellow actor, Johnny Depp, in court, fans are rallying behind the face of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, calling for Heard to be pulled from her forthcoming picture, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, aka Aquaman 2. Following the creation of a petition demanding that Depp be removed from the big-budget action film by Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Films, additional fans appeared to rally in favor, adding names after names to the ever-growing list.
The Amber Heard petition currently has 4,013,992 signatures, well exceeding its original target of 4,500,000. When it reaches the double tens, it will become one of the most widely circulated petitions on the Web.
With the ongoing legal battle between Amber Heard (and the petition) and Johnny Depp, it appears that the two have been inside the courtroom for far longer than they have. This lawsuit is only the latest in a series of claims handed back and forth by the ex-lovers, who are no strangers to the halls of justice. This time, Depp is suing Heard in Virginia’s Fairfax County Circuit Court for libel, saying that an op-ed she wrote for the Washington Post in 2018 significantly defamed him by stating she was a victim of domestic abuse. While the actress never identifies Depp by name, previous claims made it clear who she was referring about.
After more than a month of testimony, the public has heard some shocking charges from both sides. Everyone appears to have an opinion on what transpired between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, including Hollywood agents, psychiatrists, friends, family members, and others. They first met on the filming of The Rum Diary in 2011, and began dating shortly after. They’d get married, divorced, and then back together until everything came to a head and they divorced for real.
Amber Heard has claimed that Johnny Depp sexually and physically assaulted her. Depp said that everything was a fabrication and that he was the one who had been abused. The accusation that Heard hurled a bottle of vodka at Depp is the most prominent incident of violence that Depp has claimed thus far.
The public’s perception of the trial is beginning to turn in favor of Johnny Depp as a result of this article and others like it. Many admirers have flocked to the actor’s side and offered him support during this difficult time. At change.org, this is the situation for millions of people. With the Amber Heard petition’s increasing list of signatures, it’s only a matter of time before this document and others like it acquire significant steam, forcing DC and Warner Bros. to make a difficult decision.