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Amber Heard supports JK Rowling on Johnny's Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts 2' casting

Amber Heard supports JK Rowling on Johnny's Depp's 'Fantastic Beasts 2' casting

However, despite being "deeply concerned" by the reports, she said that based on her "understanding of the circumstances", they chose to stick with Depp. Last year, Warner Bros. kicked off a Harry Potter prequel film series with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. The debate surrounding Depp's casting comes at a time when Hollywood is beginning to penalize those with accusations of sexual assault and harassment against them following the Weinstein scandal. "The actress is thought to have done so because of Warner Bros" decision to only include 10 words of the original statement in their comments.

Depp's marriage to Heard ended in divorce amid bitter allegations of domestic abuse and blackmail.

Since the studio kicked off the promotional push for The Crimes of Grindelwald, these concerns have resurfaced, especially since Depp is poised to have a much bigger role in the followup to Fantastic Beasts. The studio referenced Heard and Depp's joint statement that they released when they settled their divorce and the domestic violence case a year ago. "This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said 'there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm'".

The tweet was clearly a dig at the production company who used the convenient parts of their joint divorce statement in order to defend their decision to continue their work with Depp.

Johnny Depp and his ex-wife Amber Heard reached a settlement in 2016 and issued a statement revealing that their relationship was "intensely passionate" and there was no false claims made by either party.

Amber Heard speaks out after JK Rowling defends Johnny Depp casting

The divorce between Depp and Heard was finalized in January. The debate resurfaced and grew in recent weeks as Warner Bros. ramped up marketing for The Crimes of Grindelwald.

JK Rowling says she and the Fantastic Beasts film-makers are "genuinely happy" having Johnny Depp in their cast.

While Rowling has never been one to shy away from addressing controversial issues - usually in the form of a Harry Potter analogy - she has been pretty quiet on the (since-dropped) abuse allegations against Depp, simply saying a year ago that he gives an "incredible" performance, and more recently blocking a fan who dared to press her on the issue.

I've loved writing the first two screenplays and I can't wait for fans to see "The Crimes of Grindelwald". But, at this point, it doesn't seem they'll drop the issue until Depp is recast or otherwise removed from the franchise.

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