It’s bad enough that Hollywood actress, Amber Heard just lost the defamation trial against her ex-husband, Johnny Depp and has been ordered by the jury to pay him $15 million in damages.
What makes it worse for Heard is that a fan-led petition aimed at convincing Warner Bros. to dump Amber Heard from the upcoming Aquaman sequel has reached a record high.
According to Toronto Sun, as of Wednesday morning, the petition has racked up 4.43 million signatures — which is just shy of the 4.5 million goal fan Jeanne Larson set for herself when it first launched in 2020.
In her original post, Larson called Heard a “domestic abuser” and urged Warner Bros. to remove the actress from the project.
“Since Heard’s divorce from Johnny Depp, she has systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood, repeating multiple accounts of fake incidents in which she had actually abused Johnny Depp, but lied and created false accounts of him being the abuser,” Larson alleged in her scathing petition.
She continued, “Heard recounts fabricated incidents of Johnny Depp hitting her in the face when she had, in fact, punched him.”
In its verdict, the jury awarded Depp $15 million in damages.
Depp was awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages in his defamation suit. However, the jury also awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages, finding that Waldman defamed her in one of three counts in her countersuit.
After the jury ruled in his favour, Depp issued a statement to his Instagram page: “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye … And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
He added, “Speaking the truth was something that I owed by children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.”