There are many downsides to achieving fame. One of them is having to deal with messy breakups under the public eye and the repercussions that come with it. A prime example is the highly-publicized separation of Johnny Depp and his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
The former Hollywood couple went through a very public divorce back in 2016 after over a year of marriage. In court documents filed by Heard, the actress alleged that she was physically and emotionally abused by Depp. Two years later, the Aquaman star wrote an op-ed published by The Washington Post on December 19, 2018, about being “a public figure representing domestic abuse.” While she never name-dropped her ex-husband, many believed that she was referring to Depp who lost film opportunities as a result of social media’s “cancel culture.”
Nearly a year after the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star sued his ex in a defamation case worth $50 million, an audio clip emerged with Heard confessing that she “hit” Depp.
Heard is heard in the audio clip lambasting her ex-husband and admitting that she slapped him across the face, threw pots, pans and vases at him.
Heard says in the leaked audio: “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.”
Shortly after the audio was released, #JusticeForJohnnyDepp started trending on Twitter. A petition is now up to have Heard fired from her role as Mera in DC’s Aquaman films. As of this writing, the petition has garnered over 130,000 signatures from Depp’s supporters.