Actress Amber Heard testified Monday that her function within the Aquaman sequel was nearly scrapped amid the controversy surrounding her and her ex-husband, Johnny Depp.
During the $50 million defamation trial, Heard was requested about her function in Aquaman 2. She stated that whereas she in the end filmed scenes for the film, it was a “very pared-down version of that role.” Heard starred within the first Aquaman movie.
“I was given a script and then given new versions of the script that had taken away scenes that had action in it,” Heard stated. “That depicted my character and another character—without giving any spoilers away, two characters fighting with one another. They basically took a bunch out of my role. They just removed a bunch.”
She added, “I fought really hard to stay in the movie.”
Heard’s testimony is the newest to be heard within the ongoing trial, which resumed Monday in Virginia. Depp filed a lawsuit towards his ex-wife for a 2018 Washington Post op-ed she wrote detailing her experiences with home violence. The op-ed didn’t title Depp, however the Pirates of the Caribbean star has charged that it broken his profession. Heard has filed a countersuit towards Depp for $100 million.
During her testimony, Heard additionally stated she needed to “fight really hard” to maintain her function within the first Aquaman movie, in addition to the Justice League film, following her divorce from Depp in 2017. Heard’s feedback on her function within the Aquaman sequel had been in response to questions on previous remarks made by Depp’s former lawyer, Adam Waldman, who known as Heard’s home violence allegations pretend.
Newsweek reached out to DC Entertainment, a co-producer of the Aquaman movies, for remark.
Amid the trial, a Change.org petition calling for the actress to be faraway from the Aquaman sequel has continued to realize help. Earlier this month, the petition, titled “Remove Amber Heard From Aquaman 2,” had acquired over 2 million signatures. As of Monday, it has over 4.1 million signatures.
“Amber Heard has been exposed as a domestic abuser by Johnny Depp. In his $50 million lawsuit, Johnny Depp describes many incidents of domestic abuse that he suffered at the hands of his (then) wife Amber Heard,” the petition stated. “Do the right thing. Remove Amber Heard from Aquaman 2.”
During her testimony Monday, Heard additionally spoke about submitting for divorce and stated that whereas she nonetheless beloved Depp, she was scared the wedding was “going to end really badly for me.”
“I knew if I didn’t [divorce], I’d likely not literally survive,” she stated.