Thousands Call For Amber Heard To Be Dropped From Aquaman 2
More than 120,000 people have signed a petition calling for American actor Amber Heard to be removed from Aquaman 2.
The Change.org petition was launched in response to an alleged audio confession of domestic violence published by Daily Mail Online.
The audio, published on February 1, allegedly reveals Heard telling ex-husband Johnny Depp, “I can’t promise I won’t get physical again.”
The comment came after a man, claimed to be Depp, can be heard telling the woman in the audio: “… I just want peace. If things get physical, we have to separate, we have to be apart. Whether it’s for an hour, or ten hours, or for a day … we must. There can be no physical violence.”
In separate audio published by Mail Online, a woman claimed to be Heard is recorded allegedly telling a man claimed to be Depp, “I'm sorry that I didn't, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you're not punched.”
“I don't know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you're fine, I did not hurt you, I did not punch you, I was hitting you.”
The woman also called the man “a baby” in the recording.
Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman told USA Today the audio was recorded in 2015.
Waldman claimed Heard “recorded her conversations” with Depp.
Heard and Depp are in the middle of a complex legal battle, with Depp undertaking a $US50 million defamation lawsuit against her over public accusations that he abused her during their short marriage.
Both Heard and Depp stand by their accusations of abuse towards each other.
The Change.org petition addressed to the heads of Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment declares that Heard “should and must” be removed from the Aquaman 2 project.
Heard is expected to return in her role as Mera in the film, which she starred alongside Jason Momoa, William Dafoe and Nicole Kidman in the 2018 Aquaman film.
Not much has been said about Aquaman 2, but it's understood the film is expected to be released in December 2022.
In 2018, it was revealed Depp had been dropped from the Pirates Of The Caribbean film franchise after starring in five movies as Captain Jack Sparrow.
“Men are victims of domestic abuse, just like women. This must be recognised, and action must be taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry,” the petition to sack Heard states.
Meanwhile, the hashtag #JusticeForJohnnyDepp is trending on Twitter along with calls to bring back Depp to the Pirates movies.