J.K. Rowling Defends Decision To Cast Johnny Depp In ‘Fantastic Beasts’ After Amber Heard’s Abuse Allegations

Published On December 8, 2017 » 691 Views» By Z-rowe »

While several actors, producers, and agents continue to fall in this sexual harassment cleanse, Johnny Depp continues to thrive. As some of you may remember, the 54-year-old actor was accused by his ex-wife Amber Heard of physical abuse. She was granted a temporary domestic violence restraining order against the actor.

You also had the strange, slightly disturbing video showing an intoxicated Depp yelling at Heard and then apparently writing on their bathroom mirror with his own blood. You can click on this link to relive that odd experience.

A lot of fans were upset with the decision to cast Depp as Gellert Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts film, but J.K. Rowling is now speaking out about the decision, and she still stands by it

“When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he’d be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise. Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.

I’ve loved writing the first two screenplays and I can’t wait for fans to see The Crimes of Grindelwald. I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”

Hm…so it sounds like they did a mini investigation and determined Depp didn’t physically harm Heard? It seems hard to believe, considering the dude was throwing wine glasses and using his own blood as ink, but what do I know?

It’s worth noting that Heard and Depp released a joint statement to Us Weekly after settling their divorce:

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.”

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