She was removed from the record.
CUNY deleted an article on its website celebrating a graduate who worked on Johnny Depp’s legal team – after a backlash from “woke” critics, according to a report.
Citing the “pain” the article had caused in some readers, officials zipped the article starring Yarelyn Mena, 29, a 2015 Hunter College graduate and third-year attorney who is originally from the Dominican Republic.
“We understand the strong negative emotions this article has provoked and we apologize for publishing the article,” College Fix said in a message from CUNY Brass. “We removed it from our CUNYverse blog.”
The piece, which featured an image of the Fordham Law School graduate sitting next to Depp during his legal exchange with ex-wife Amber Heard, noted her “extensive legal research, input to drafting the motion and preparation of witnesses and counsel.”
However, some readers called for the article to be removed, arguing that it was supportive of Depp. Heard accused the actor of domestic violence in the case.
CUNY’s frantic backtrack addressed those concerns — and even waded into some legal weeds.
“The article was not intended to support Mr. Depp, by implication or otherwise, or to challenge allegations made by Amber Heard,” the statement said. “Domestic violence is a serious problem in our society and we regret any hurt this article may have caused.”
CUNY Brooklyn College Professor KC Johnson blasted the move on Twitter.
“One line of the institution’s servile apology could even be read as challenging the verdict of the jury in the civil trial,” he wrote. “CUNY’s message to talented young law graduates entering law school seems to be – we only celebrate you when we institutionally endorse your client.”
A jury eventually sided with Depp, awarding him $10 million in damages for defamation, eclipsing the $2 million she gave Heard.
In the original article, Mena recalled the late nights and public pressure created by the explosive civil case.
“We were focused on the case 24/7 and pretty much lived in a bubble the entire process, so the pressure of the spotlight didn’t affect our day-to-day life that much,” Mena said, according to College Fix.
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