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Johnny Depp “felt bad” for J.K. rowl­ing af­ter fac­ing crit­i­cism for stand­ing by his cast­ing in the Fan­tas­tic Beasts film fran­chise as he bat­tled al­le­ga­tions of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence against ex-wife am­ber Heard.

the ac­tor made his de­but as vil­lain Gellert Grindel­wald in a brief ap­pear­ance at

the end of 2016’s Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and he reprises his role for its up­com­ing se­quel,

Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald.

rowl­ing pre­vi­ously ad­mit­ted she had been “deeply con­cerned” about the al­le­ga­tions, but sub­se­quently de­cided not to dump depp from the line-up and re­cast his part. “I’ll be hon­est with you, I felt bad for J.K. hav­ing to field all these var­i­ous feel­ings from peo­ple out there,” he tells En­ter­tain­ment

Weekly. “I felt bad that she had to take that...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...”

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