Petition to remove Amber Heard from ‘Aquaman 2’ reaches 4.4 million, just shy of goal as Johnny Depp defamation trial jury continues
- Petition asks Warner Bros to remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2
- Over 4.4 million have signed up so far – just shy of the 4.5 million goal
- Jury deliberating on defamation charges to resume deliberations today
The jury continues its deliberations in the blockbuster defamation trial with her ex Johnny Depp, a bill asking DC Warner Bros. to drop the role of Queen Meera in Aqaman 2 The petition has garnered 4.4 million signatures.
The petition says Hurd was “exposed by Johnny Depp as a domestic abuser” in a multi-million dollar court case.
So far, more than 4.4 million people have signed the petition, not far off the target of 4.5 million signatures.
If the petition reaches 4.5 million signatures, it will become one of the “most signed on Change.org.”
A jury is considering Depp and Heard’s duel defamation lawsuit, which will resume today after failing to reach a resolution in Tuesday’s widely-watched six-week trial.
Petition asks DC Warner Bros. to drop Amber Heard (left courtroom Friday) as Queen Mera in Aqaman 2 as jury in blockbuster defamation trial with her ex Johnny Depp Continuing their deliberations, there have been more than 4.4 million signatures.
More than 4.4 million people have signed the petition so far, not far off the target of 4.5 million signatures
Amber Heard as Princess Mera in 2018’s first Aquaman movie
A seven-person civil jury heard closing arguments on Friday and deliberated for about two hours before leaving the long Memorial Day weekend. Jurors then deliberated for another seven hours on Tuesday.
They are scheduled to resume deliberations in Fairfax County Circuit Court on Wednesday.
Depp is suing Hurd for $50 million, accusing her of defaming him in an op-ed published in 2018 and calling herself a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Hurd filed a $100 million countersuit against the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star after his lawyers called her allegations a hoax. Each blamed the other for ruining their careers.
A string of horrific details about their brief marriage emerged during the six-week trial. Heard testified that Depp physically or sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times.
In his testimony, Depp testified that he never hit Heard, that she fabricated allegations of abuse, and that she was the one who physically assaulted him multiple times.
In the final argument, both sides told the jury that a verdict in their favor would bring their client back to life.
On Tuesday, Depp’s lawyers asked Judge Penny Ascalat to instruct the jury to ignore part of the closing arguments from Hurd’s lawyers.
Actor Johnny Depp waves to fans as he leaves Fairfax County Circuit Court after the debate on Friday
Depp’s attorneys said in their written motion that Hurd’s attorneys told the jury that its ruling in the case would send a message to “every domestic violence victim around the world.” Heard’s attorney, Benjamin Rottenborn, told the jury that the ruling against Heard “sends a message that whatever you do as a victim of abuse, you always need to do more.”
‘No matter how honest you are about your imperfections and your own shortcomings in a relationship, you have to be perfect for people to believe in you. Don’t send that message,” Rottenborn said.
Depp’s attorneys argue that Rottenborn’s arguments inappropriately require juries to focus on larger social goals than the cases they are called to decide.
Depp’s attorneys argued: “This argument by Ms. Hurd’s attorneys inappropriately invites a jury to decide a case ‘on the basis of passion and prejudice’ and requires specific jury orders to correct this inappropriate conduct.”
The judge told Depp’s lawyers in court that she would not accept the motion because the case was now in the hands of a jury.
Hurd’s public relations firm did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the motion.