Claims Johnny Depp wanted Amber Heard replaced in her Aquaman role have resurfaced, following his highly-publicised libel trial.
Earlier this year the Pirates Of The Caribbean star lost his trial against The Sun’s publisher NGN Newspapers, over an article that labelled him a ‘wife-beater’. He has since applied to have the decision overturned.
During the trial it was put forward to the court that Depp had demanded former wife Heard – who he was married to from 2015 to 2017 – be stripped of her role as Mera in Warner Bros’ Aquaman sequel, with the details re-emerging this week in a lengthy profile on the star.
As was reported by Press Association during the trial in July, Sasha Wass QC, for NGN, told the court ‘from the moment Ms Heard petitioned for divorce and for a restraining order, the full brute force of Mr Depp and his PR machine was engaged’.
She said: ‘Reports appeared in the press suggesting that she was a gold digger. Mr Depp personally set out to damage her career.’
Wass said that after Depp sent a text to his sister saying: ‘I want her replaced on that WB film’ – a reference to the Warner Brothers film Aquaman – ‘a petition garnered the support of 400,000 people [quoted at the time of trial] to have Ms Heard removed from the film’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which published the profile this week, the messages were sent to Depp’s sister, producer Christi Dembrowski, ‘who previously had a deal with the studio and was influential there’.
It comes amid a petition, titled ‘Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2′, which has reached 1.7million signatures.
However, the star, who appeared in the 2018 superhero film opposite Jason Momoa, confirmed last month she would be returning for the sequel which is set to film next year.
She recently said: ‘I’m super excited about the amount of fan love and the amount of fan appreciation that Aquaman has acquired and that it has garnered so much excitement for Aquaman and Mera that it means we’ll be coming back. I’m so excited to film that.’
The petition, started by Jeanne Larson, alleged that Amber is a ‘known and proven abuser’, and claims that she has ‘systematically crusaded to ruin Depp in Hollywood’.
Both Depp and Heard alleged abuse by the other during the libel trial, and also both denied allegations against them.
A judge eventually ruled in favour of The Sun, saying they were accurate in calling Depp a ‘wife beater’ in an article headline.
In the wake of his trial loss, Depp resigned from his role as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts franchise, after being asked to by Warner Bros, and has since been replaced by Mads Mikkelsen however the profile claimed he was still paid $16million (£12m) for the one scene he’d shot before stepping down.
He continues to remain in advertisements for Dior’s Sauvage fragrance.
Credit: Original article published here.