15 May 2021 12:58 PM +00:00 UTC

Fantastic Beasts Star Kevin Guthrie Sentenced to Prison for Sexual Assault

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald star Kevin Guthrie has just been convicted of sexual assault and sentenced to prison. Interestingly, the conviction could mean some changes in Fantastic Beasts 3.

According to BBC, Guthrie has been convicted of a sexual assault that occurred back in 2017. This led to the Dunkirk actor being sentenced to three years in prison. In addition to that, Guthrie has been placed in the Sex Offenders Register.

Guthrie was actually charged with sexual assault in September 2020 and a trial was scheduled for early 2021. However, it was adjourned due to COVID-19 and the actor was allowed to remain on bail for the meantime.

In April this year, Guthrie was convicted following a four-day trial at Glasgow Sheriff Court of carrying out a sexual assault on a woman who remained anonymous. The sexual assault took place at fellow actor Scott Reid's residence in Kelvindale, Glasgow between September 30 and October 1, 2017.

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Guthrie's imprisonment could mean trouble for Fantastic Beasts 3. After all, it was already confirmed that his character Abernathy is supposed to return in the third Harry Potter spin-off movie. However, there is a possibility that the character will be recast similarly to what happened to Johnny Depp, who was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen.

Fantastic Beasts 3 has not yet been given an official release date. However, the film is currently in production and might need to make some changes following Guthrie's imprisonment. The film is scheduled for release in Summer 2022.

Related: Mads Mikkelsen Says It's 'Creatively Stupid' to Copy Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts Role