Johnny Depp Forced To Quit Fantastic Beasts Franchise Following Defeat In Libel Lawsuit
Johnny Depp's Career Is Hanging By A Thread
Johnny Depp has been forced to leave the Fantastic Beasts film franchise, days after losing a libel case over a newspaper article which called him a wife-beater.
The actor has announced he will be exiting the Harry Potter prequel series after losing his libel case over allegations of assault towards ex-wife Amber Heard and fans are not happy over this announcement and are blaming Warner Bros. for it.
The actor announced the decision in a statement on Instagram, one that comes just days after he lost his libel case against the Sun over claims he abused his ex-wife Amber Heard.
"I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request."
"The surreal judgment of the court in the UK will not change my fight, to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time."
The news was also confirmed by Warner Bros in a statement which details that his role of the villainous Grindelwald will be recast.
i’m a Johnny Depp fan & a feminist. Amber is completely taking advantage of a movement. today’s society isn’t used to men being assaulted, but it should start. that is the reason men never tell their stories. stand for equality. Johnny deserves better. #JusticeForJohnnyDepp— alicia (@alicia11gab) November 6, 2020
Fans are visibly unhappy and have made their feelings known on social media.