Fantastic Beasts has been under a lot of controversy ever since Johnny Depp was cast in the role. The Harry Potter series has been very anti-abuse since its first book so seeing someone like Depp get a big role in this new spinoff series has been considered insulting by many. J.K. Rowling has defended Depp being in the film, which resulted in a lot of mixed reactions, but we haven’t heard anything from the actor himself about the role.
Until now that is.
During an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Depp was asked a number of questions about this November’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Because it had to be addressed somehow, Depp was soon asked about the controversy that follows him to this day. Depp gave an interesting response, saying that he “felt bad” for Rowling and claiming his innocence, even stating that Rowling has seen the evidence that proves this. He’s even going as far as to sue The Sun.
"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. J.K. has seen the evidence 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."
As many of you know, the abuse allegations Amber Heard filed against Depp were very serious, claiming that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor abused her psychologically and physically. The two eventually settled out of court and officially got divorced in 2017. It’s also worth noting that Heard shared the result of their out of court settlement after Rowling defended Depp.
Honestly, it’s just an ugly situation. Depp may or may not be innocent so this evidence that will supposedly claim this better be good. The fact that he’s suing a newspaper also shows that he wants this put behind him. If he’s innocent, then so be it. But there’s also a good chance that he isn’t.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald comes out on November 16.