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‘Setback for women’ Call for Amber Heard Aquaman 2 delete garners over 4.5mln votes

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‘Setback for women’ Call for Amber Heard Aquaman 2 delete garners over 4.5mln votes

A petition to remove Amber Heard from ‘Aquaman 2’ has now achieved over 4.5 million signatures.

The petition had alleged that Heard “crusaded to ruin” Johnny Depp’s acting career since the couple’s 2016 divorce.

James Wan, the director, said the film was wrapped up in January, with ‘Aquaman 2’ set for release in March 2023.

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As of Thursday, the signatures on the petition were already edging towards hitting near-record numbers.

At 4.5 million, from its current 4.4 million, the petition will become one of the most signed in Change.org’s history.

“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,” the petition read.

“[She] lied and created false accounts of him being the abuser. As Amber Heard is a known and proven domestic abuser, Warner Brothers and DC Entertainment should and must remove Heard from their Aquaman 2.

“They must not ignore the suffering of Heard’s victims, and must not glamorize a domestic abuser.

“Men are victims of domestic abuse, just like women. This must be recognized, and action must be taken to prevent a known abuser from being celebrated within the entertainment industry.”

The actor sued Heard for defamation, accusing her of “name-calling” that often escalated into physical violence.

The film star had said a 2018 domestic violence piece written by Heard in The Washington Post implied he was abusive.

Heard didn’t name the actor but Depp’s lawyers said her allegations made it difficult for him to land acting roles.

Depp’s defamation suit went to a trial on April 11 and ended on Wednesday, June 1, with the actor’s victory over Heard.

Heard would thereafter register her “disappointment” with the verdict which she said was a “setback for women”.

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