Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling broke her silence about the controversy surrounding the cast of Johnny Depp in the franchise Fantastic Beasts .
"When Johnny Depp was selected as Grindelwald, I thought it would be wonderful in the role, but at the time of filming his cameo in the first film, stories appeared in the press that worried me and all the others involved in the franchise, "Rowling wrote in a statement on her website, referring to allegations of domestic violence against Depp. by his ex-wife Amber Heard. " Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp on paper, as David Yates, Potter's longtime director, has already said, we naturally consider the possibility of The recast I understand why some have been confused and angry why this did not happen. "
Rowling added that while "the huge community of mutual support that has grown up around Harry Potter is one of the best joys of my life," he found "difficult, frustrating and sometimes painful." "Keep quiet on the subject of Depp. "However," he added, "the agreements that have been established to protect the privacy of two people, who have expressed their desire to continue with their lives, must be respected." Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I not only feel comfortable with our original casting, but we are really pleased that Johnny plays an important character in the movies. "
Rowling is the screenwriter of both, the Original Fantastic beasts and where to find them and the sequel to the film, Fantastic beasts: the crimes of Grindlewald . Saying that he "loved" that experience, he added: "I accept that there will be Do not be satisfied with our choice of actor in the lead role. "However, conscience is not governable by the committee." Within the fictional world and outside of it, we all have to do what we believe is right. "
He heard Depp accuse him of emotionally and physically abusive and drunken behavior during their one-year marriage and released a video of Depp having a tantrum and a photo of her with a black eye. Depp called the reports "salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies." The two reached an agreement in 2016 and issued a joint statement that said: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and sometimes volatile, but always bound by love, neither party has made false accusations of financial gain. physical or emotional damage. "
Previously, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates defended Depp's casting in an interview with EW.
"Honestly, there's a problem right now where" There are a lot of people accused of things, they're being accused by multiple victims, and it's convincing and scary, "Yates said." With Johnny, I think there was a person who He took a pop 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. Any accusation that is outside does not accord with the kind of human being that I have been working with. "
He added:" By testament, some of the women in [Depp’s] life have said the same thing: & # 39; It is not the human being we know. "It's very different [than cases] where there are many accusers for many years who need to be tested and we have to reflect on our industry that allows it to repeat itself year after year, Johnny is not in that category in any way. It takes more analysis, it's a dead matter. "
In a new statement published by Warner Bros. on Thursday, Yates said: "None of us participating in Fantastic Beasts would let our appreciation of talent obscure others, much more important considerations. the magnitude of the problems raised and we understood the strength of the feelings expressed, we hope and strive at all times to be sensitive to both parties, we maintain our decision to have Johnny in the movies. "
Added Warner Bros., which distributed the blockbuster movies Harry Potter "Of course, we are aware of the reports that came to light at the end of Johnny Depp's marriage, and take seriously the complexity of the problems involved This issue has been addressed jointly by both parties, in a statement in which they said that "there was never any intention of physical or emotional harm." According to the circumstances and the information available to us , we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films. "