Johnny Depp tried to get Amber Heard dumped from Aquaman sequel by ‘orchestrating’ online petition after split

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JOHNNY Depp tried to get Amber Heard dumped from the sequel to Aquaman by “orchestrating” an online petition which attracted 400,000 names.

He texted his assistant on June 4 2016, after they’d split, saying: “I want her replaced on that WB [Warner Brothers] film.”

Sun QC Sasha Wass told him: “You wanted to get your own back on her.”

Depp replied: “I was feeling quite bitter. I said I wanted her replaced on the Aquaman sequel.

“I had been characterised globally, as The Sun put it, as a ‘wife beater’.

“I went from Cinderella to Quasimodo in 0.6 seconds and I was without a voice at that point.”

The High Court also heard that Johnny Depp allegedly threw a magnum of champagne at Amber Heard after her 30th before pulling her hair and leaving a note saying “Happy f***ing birthday”.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star said he had “very likely” smoked marijuana before arriving late at the party at their LA penthouse — but denied being violent.

It was claimed that after Ms Heard, 34, complained about his lateness, he hurled the bottle, grabbed her hair and threw her on their bed.

Sasha Wass QC, for The Sun, which Depp is suing for libel, said of the April 2016 incident: “Ms Heard raised the issue of you being late and was upset. “You took that as criticism, and you don’t like being criticised.”

Depp, 57, said: “I don’t mind being criticised at all, but it was beyond criticism. She was lighting me up.”

Ms Wass said: “You became angry. You were very near a magnum bottle of champagne.

“You picked up the bottle and threw it at her but it missed and glass smashed. That’s how you express yourself when you’re angry — you smash things.

“You grabbed her by the hair and pushed her on the bed.

“You blocked the door when she tried to leave and grabbed her hair and pushed her to the ground. You bumped her chest.”

But Depp claimed Ms Heard had attacked him — before leaving a poo in his bed.

The court heard Depp had left the apartment with his security guards at 4.30am. Before he went, he wrote a note for Ms Heard reading: “Happy f***ing birthday.”

Next morning, his assistant texted him a picture of the faeces that the cleaner had found in his bed.

He replied with a series of jokes including “Amber Turd” and “Amber’s in the dumps”.

Depp is suing The Sun’s publisher over an article which called him a wife beater.

The case at the High Court in London continues.

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