She was removed from the record.
CUNY has deleted an article on its website celebrating a graduate who served on Johnny Depp’s legal team – after backlash from ‘woke’ critics, according to a report.
Citing the “pain” the article had induced in some readers, officials zapped the article featuring Yarelyn Mena, 29, a 2015 graduate of Hunter College and a third-year lawyer from the Dominican Republic.
“We understand the strong negative emotions this article has caused and apologize for publishing the article,” read a message from CUNY Brass, according to College Fix. “We removed it from our CUNYverse blog.”
The article, which featured a photo of the Fordham Law School grad sitting next to Depp during his legal tussle with his ex-wife Amber Heard, noted his “extensive legal research, contributions to the draft motion and preparation witnesses and lawyers”.
But some readers called for the article to be canceled, arguing that it indicated support for Depp. Heard had accused the actor of domestic violence in the case.
CUNY’s frenetic throwback addressed those concerns – and even waded through some legal weed.
“The article was not intended to express support for Mr. Depp, implied or otherwise, or to question Amber Heard’s allegations,” the statement said. “Domestic violence is a serious problem in our society and we regret any pain this article may have caused.”
CUNY Brooklyn College Professor KC Johnson blasted the move on Twitter.
“A line from the institution’s creeping apology could even be interpreted as casting doubt on the jury’s verdict in the civil case,” he wrote. “CUNY’s message to talented young graduates entering law seems to be – we will only celebrate you if we institutionally endorse your client.”
A jury ultimately sided with Depp and awarded him $10 million in libel damages, eclipsing the $2 million it awarded Heard.
In the original article, Mena recalled the long nights and public pressure resulting from the explosive civil trial.
“We were focused on the case 24 hours a day and almost lived in a bubble throughout the trial, so the pressure of the spotlight didn’t affect us as much day-to-day,” Mena said, according to College Fix. .
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