Johnny Depp Finished Disappearing Act on Abuse Controversy, ‘Fantastic Beasts’

You may have heard this is a Harry Potter-friendly blog (just ask this guy). So, when magic occurs among the cast of the latest in the franchise, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, we have an obligation to report it.

At the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, there was a Johnny Depp sighting. In this heightened sense of #MeToo awareness, that didn’t go over too well.

Essentially, there are conflicting stories over how Johnny Depp treated — and allegedly really mistreated — his ex-wife (and soon-to-be queen of Atlantis) Amber Heard. It’s been a year since #MeToo empowered women everywhere, inside and outside of Hollywood, so Amber was in the news recently.

At a gala celebratory event for empowerment, Amber read an open letter detailing “some of the most painful times in [her] life.”

“Let’s start with the truth, the cold hard truth. When a woman comes forward to speak about her suffering, about injustice, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth will be ignored. No matter how terrible or terrifying surviving trauma may be, truth is, it can pale in comparison to what happens after.”

While she kept it classy (and legally compliant), she didn’t mention Depp by name but there was no mistake to whom she was referring. Ergo, Depp responds in an EW.com exclusivea year later albeit, but here’s to trying.

EW: Another controversy surrounded your participation in the film. The director, studio, and Rowling issued statements of support. What was that like for you, and is there anything you’d say to fans on the fence about seeing the film?

DEPP: 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.

Back when the grueling July 2018 report came out, J.K. Rowling supported Depp with a committal-non-committal response, “Circumstances of Depp’s 2016 divorce from actress Amber Heard were private and should be respected.”

(That’s Hollyweird code for: “What’s that gotta do with me? I ake movies. I’m not summer camp counselor. Ain’t nobody got time fo’ dat.”)

Where do things stand now that this happened? Same place.

Both Heard and Depp have a huge movie coming out. Both Heard and Depp are moving on with life. And both Heard and Depp are still holding to their sides of the visceral story.

Moving on, movie fans. Nothing else to see here.

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