– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Johnny Depp may be one of today’s biggest actors, but there’s no doubt that he’s gone through better times in his career. A couple years back, just prior to the release of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, he was accused of physical and mental abuse by ex-wife Amber Heard.

In the couple of years since then, there have been calls to release Depp of his contractual obligations of playing franchise villain Gellert Grindelwald. A lot of fans also called out to screenwriter J.K. Rowling, who is normally very outspoken about social injustice and politics, and even she came to Depp’s defense, much to the surprise and chagrin of some fans. Meanwhile, Depp has stayed relatively quiet about the whole ordeal until now in a recent interview with EW, when he said the following:

“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.”

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The outlet went on to add a note following the quote that Heard had refuted his denials, so it continues to be an instance of he said, she said. As it stands, however, it does sound like J.K. Rowling and co. were privy to some evidence led them to the conclusion that Depp was still the best man for the job.

Sadly, like many things in life, it doesn’t sound like we’ll ever really know the true story, but we can only hope that things shake out as best as they can. Does Depp still playing Grindelwald bother you? let us know down below!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.