Actor Johnny Depp opened up for the first time since his controversial casting in Fantastic Beast The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Some fans were not too happy with J.K. Rowling’s decision to cast Depp as he was accused of physical and emotional abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Depp appeared at the end of the first film, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and was chosen to stay cast in Grindelwald despite abuse claims.
Depp recently broke his silence on his casting in an interview with Entertainment Weekly. Depp said, “JK has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused. “She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it.”
“I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that. But ultimately, there is real controversy. Depp said. “The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations.”
Rowling came to Depp’s defense when choosing to cast him again. “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,” Rowling wrote.
Director David Yates issued a statement defending Depp. “Honestly, there’s an issue at the moment where there’s a lot of people being accused of things, they’re being accused by multiple victims, and it’s compelling and frightening,” Yates said. “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He’s full of decency and kindness, and that’s all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”
The release date for Fantastic Beast The Crimes of Grindelwald is November 16, 2018.