Depp on abuse allegations: ‘I was falsely accused’
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.