‘Fantastic Beasts’ Director And JK Rowling Overlook Johnny Depp’s Bad Behavior

Jena Greene Reporter
Font Size:

“Fantastic Beasts” director David Yates is now doubling down on his defense for Johnny Depp, even after many fans have called for the actor’s removal from the upcoming film.

Depp is slotted to play the chief antagonist in the upcoming Harry Potter offshoot, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.” It’s not going over very well with fans, however, after revelations of Depp’s abusive past came to light last year.

Depp’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, claims the actor abused her, broke an iPhone over her face, kicked her, and drunkenly smashed glass bottles in a fit of rage. Depp’s alleged actions led Heard to file for divorce, citing domestic violence.

As one might imagine, fans aren’t psyched about this sort of behavior. There’s been mounting pressure to nix the actor from all upcoming projects, no matter how difficult it might be.

But in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Yates stood firm on his casting.

“Honestly, there’s an issue at the moment where there’s a lot of people being accused of things, they’re being accused by multiple victims, and it’s compelling and frightening. With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He’s full of decency and kindness, and that’s all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”

So basically, Yates thinks Depp is innocent because he hasn’t personally seen the actor abuse women.

People are also starting to question Harry Potter creator and outspoken progressive J.K. Rowling for keeping Depp on. One Twitter user @HobbitLindesy asked Rowling about the allegations Wednesday.

But Rowling — who claims to be a feminist — is also turning a blind eye. She blocked Lindsey and has offered no comment on the controversy.

It looks like both Yates and Rowling might be all talk and no action.