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Fantastic Beasts Director Defends Keeping Johnny Depp

Fantastic Beasts Director Defends Keeping Johnny Depp
From TIME - November 28, 2017

The team behind Fantastic Beasts is breaking their silence about the controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp on board for the films sequel.

Ever since Warner Bros. re-confirmed earlier this month that the Pirates of the Carribean actor would star in next years Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there has been blowback against the film on social media due to Depps ex-wife Amber Heard making domestic violence accusations against the actor two years ago. Depps villainous wizard character Gellert Grindelwald was seen very briefly in 2016s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but will take a much more pivotal role in the next film as its titular character.

Veteran Harry Potter franchise director David Yates is in the midst of shooting the sequel in London and spoke to EW about Depps participation in the film.

Honestly, theres an issue at the moment where theres a lot of people being accused of things, theyre being accused by multiple victims, and its compelling and frightening, Yates said. 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: Hes full of decency and kindness, and thats all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesnt tally with the kind of human being Ive been working with.

Yates added several of Depps exes have come forward to publicly defend him, including Vanessa Paradis, Lori Anne Allison and Winona Ryderwho said Depp was never abusive at allI only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy during their four-year relationship.

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