Depp on abuse al­le­ga­tions: ‘I was falsely ac­cused’

Waterloo Region Record - - Arts & Life -

Johnny Depp is ad­dress­ing the con­tro­versy sur­round­ing his cast­ing in J.K. Rowl­ing’s “Fan­tas­tic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindel­wald” for the first time. The Os­car-win­ning ac­tor takes on the lead of dark wizard Gellert Grindel­wald in the se­quel af­ter mak­ing a cameo in the 2016 film “Fan­tas­tic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” But his se­lec­tion for the role was met with mixed re­ac­tions from fans af­ter al­le­ga­tions of phys­i­cal abuse sur­faced from his ex-wife, Am­ber Heard. “The fact re­mains I was falsely ac­cused,” Depp said in an in­ter­view with En­ter­tain­ment Weekly Thurs­day. Au­thor J.K. Rowl­ing de­fended Depp’s cast­ing last De­cem­ber, ex­plain­ing why she thinks the “Pi­rates of the Caribbean” star should keep play­ing Grindel­wald amid fans’ con­cerns. “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,” she said on her web­site.

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