J.K. Rowling just came out in defence of Johnny Depp following a backlash from fans about the choice to continue with the actor in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Depp’s marriage to Amber Heard ended in divorce following allegations of domestic abuse.
The 52-year-old author and screenwriter took to her official website: “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 movie.”
The upcoming movie is a sequel to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them where Depp had done a cameo portraying Gellert Grindelwald, a dangerous Dark Wizard, second only to Voldemort.
The actor’s marriage to Amber Heard ended in divorce following allegations of domestic abuse. However, in 2016, the former couple jointly stated that their relationship never had any intent of harm.
“The agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected,” wrote Rowling.
According to The Guardian, Warner Bros has also stated its support to keep Depp. Director David Yates and producer David Heyman also said in a joint statement that while recognising the magnitude of the issues raised they stood by the decision to cast Depp.