Popular yet controversial actor Johnny Depp has spoken out about a controversy regarding his casting in the upcoming flick, J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, saying that he was falsely accused. The actor plays the role of dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in sequel, having already done a cameo part in the first installment of the prequel series in the Harry Potter franchise, the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, as reported by EW.com.
His casting was met with mixed reactions as this was right after the time that he got accused of physical abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard.
"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. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I'm suing The Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations," ew.com quoted Depp as saying.
The studio Warner Bros., as well as screenwriter Rowling and director David Yates issued statements to support Depp’s participation, with Rowling writing, "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.
Depp also revealed that Rowling has seen the evidence herself, explaining, "And therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that's why she has publicly supported me. She doesn't take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn't know the truth. So that's really it." The Oscar-winning actor is known for his many hit flicks such as Sleepy Hollow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Secret Window, Sweeney Todd, Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, and Alice in Wonderland, among many more.
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