Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald–Johnny Depp Discusses his Controversial Casting

Johnny Depp has addressed the controversy over his casting in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and its sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

He first appeared as a surprise addition in the end of the first Fantastic Beasts movie. As a result, fans have expressed concern over his role in the films as the villain Grindelwald after he was accused of violence by his ex-wife Amber Heard.

“I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. Rowling 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,” Depp said in EW interview.

“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.”