Petition to get Amber Heard dropped from Aquaman 2 hits 4.4million just shy of target as jury in defamation trial with Johnny Depp continues deliberations
- The petition demands that Warner Bros drop Amber Heard from Aquaman 2
- So far, over 4.4 million people have signed – just short of the target of 4.5 million
- Jury deliberating the defamation claims are set to resume deliberations today
A petition calling for DC Warner Bros to drop Amber Heard from the role of Queen Mera in Aqaman 2 has topped 4.4 million signatures as the jury in the blockbuster defamation trial with her ex Johnny Depp continue their deliberations.
The petition alleges that Heard has been ‘exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp’ during their multimillion-dollar court battle.
So far, over 4.4 million people have signed the petition, which is just short of the target of 4.5 million signatures.
If the petition reached 4.5 million signatures, it will become one of the ‘top signed on Change.org’.
It comes as the jury deliberating the duelling defamation claims from Depp and Heard are set to resume their deliberations today after failing to reach a resolution in the widely watched six-week trial on Tuesday.
A petition calling for DC Warner Bros to drop Amber Heard (pictured leaving court on Friday) from the role of Queen Mera in Aqaman 2 has topped 4.4 million signatures as the jury in the blockbuster defamation trial with her ex Johnny Depp continue their deliberations
So far, over 4.4 million people have signed the petition, which is just short of the target of 4.5 million signatures
Amber Heard as Princess Mera in the first Aquaman film in 2018
The seven-person civil jury heard closing arguments Friday and deliberated for about two hours before leaving for the long Memorial Day weekend. Jurors then deliberated another seven hours on Tuesday.
They are scheduled to resume deliberations Wednesday in Fairfax County Circuit Court.
Depp is suing Heard for $50 million, accusing her of libeling him with a 2018 op-ed she wrote describing herself as ‘a public figure representing domestic abuse.’ Heard filed a $100 million counterclaim against the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star after his lawyer called her allegations a hoax. Each accuses the other of destroying their career.
Testimony during the six-week trial featured a litany of lurid details of their short marriage. Heard testified that Depp physically or sexually assaulted her more than a dozen times.
During his testimony, Depp testified that he never struck Heard, that she concocted the abuse allegations, and that she was the one who physically attacked him, multiple times.
During closing arguments, both sides told the jury that a verdict in their favor would give their clients their lives back.
On Tuesday, Depp’s attorneys asked Judge Penney Azcarate to instruct the jury to disregard a portion of the closing argument made by Heard’s attorney.
Actor Johnny Depp waves to fans as he leaves the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on Friday after the closing arguments
In their written motion, Depp’s attorneys said Heard’s lawyer told the jury that its decision in the case would send a message to ‘every victim of domestic abuse everywhere.’ Heard attorney Benjamin Rottenborn told the jury that a ruling against Heard ‘sends a message that no matter what you do as an abuse victim, you always have to do more.’
‘No matter how honest you are about your own imperfections and your own shortcomings in a relationship, you have to be perfect in order for people to believe you. Don’t send that message,’ Rottenborn said.
Depp’s attorneys argued that Rottenborn’s argument improperly asked the jury to focus on a larger social objective than the case they are being asked to decide.
‘Such argument by Ms. Heard’s counsel improperly invites the jury to decide the case `based on passion and prejudice’ and a specific jury instruction is necessary to cure this impropriety,’ Depp’s lawyers argued.
The judge told Depp’s attorneys in court that she would not entertain the motion because the case is in the hands of the jury now.
A public relations firm for Heard did not immediately respond to a request seeking comment on the motion.