The petition calling for Amber Heard to be removed from the Aquaman 2 The sequel reached four million signatures on Friday as the libel lawsuit between her and ex-husband Johnny Depp continues.
The petition was created on Change.org and has garnered 4,000,640 signatures at the time of publication. It initially amassed over 2 million signatures in just two weeks.
The petition has thrived amid the ongoing libel trial between the two actors, which will enter its fifth week on Monday. the Pirates of the Caribbean The actor testified that he was abused by Heard in their relationship, although Heard accused Depp of being the abuser back.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she claims to have been the victim of domestic violence. Although the article did not mention Depp directly, his lawyers argued that the charges clearly pertained to him, and Depp said the article led to his removal from the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Heard is suing Depp for $100 million in damages, and both have accused the other of being the abuser in their tumultuous relationship. Depp lost his 2020 libel lawsuit against a British tabloid The sunwho called Depp a “wife beater” in reference to Heard’s allegations.
Depp has denied allegations that he ever punched Heard. On the witness stand, Depp told the jury: “Although [in] the relationship, there were fights and things of that nature… but myself, I never got to the point of hitting Miss Heard in any way. And I’ve never hit a woman in my life.”
The creator of the petition to remove Heard from the Aquaman franchise, Jeanne Larson, wrote, “Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp.”
“Johnny Depp describes numerous incidents of domestic violence he suffered at the hands of his (then) wife Amber Heard, including one incident where she punched him twice in the face and another where she broke his finger with a bottle of vodka, and his finger had to be surgically reattached. He will bear the scar for the rest of his life,” Larson said.
The petition concluded, “As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2 film project. Men are victims of domestic violence, as are women. This needs to be recognized and steps taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated in the entertainment industry.”
The trial is scheduled to continue on May 16.
Newsweek contacted Warner Bros. and a representative of Amber Heard for comment.