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Fans call for boycott of Johnny Depp’s film over abuse claims

Twitter users are calling for fans to boycott Johnny Depp’s latest film, following allegations from his ex-wife Amber Heard that he physically abused her.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Fans are being told to avoid seeing Johnny Depp’s latest turn as the Mad Hatter to show solidarity with actress Amber Heard.

Amber, 30, filed for divorce from the actor last week, and then sought a restraining order against the star this weekend.

The Rum Diary actress alleges that her husband was “verbally and physically abusive” on more than one occasion, and that he would sometimes throw things at her during arguments.

As a result, many internet users are calling for a boycott of Depp’s new film – Alice Through the Looking Glass to express their support of Amber.

In papers filed in court at the weekend, Amber alleged Depp first became violent on her 30th birthday in April – showing up late to her party “inebriated and high,” before turning violent.

She states the 52-year-old smashed a bottle of champagne and violently shoved her to the floor.

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Heard alleges she did not see Depp for another month after the incident, with him returning the day after his mother passed away and them having another violent row. It was then that the actress decided to file for divorce.

A statement from Depp’s representatives last week read:

“Given the brevity of this marriage and the most recent and tragic loss of his mother, Johnny will not respond to any of the salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies about his personal life.”

And his exes have also leapt to the defence of the actor, apparently issuing statements attesting to his non-violent nature.

Meanwhile social media users are divided, with some slating the actress and tweeting their solidarity with Johnny, and others stating Amber is being victim blamed for speaking out.

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