Johnny Depp Asked to Resign From 'Fantastic Beasts' Franchise Following Libel Court Ruling
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Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean) has been dismissed from his role as Gellert Grindewald in the Harry Potter spinoff series Fantastic Beasts.
Fantastic Beasts 3, which is currently in production, will continue on and the role of Grindelwald will be recast.
Depp joined the Fantastic Beasts franchise in 2016, starring in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
At the time of filming, he was in a public dispute with his ex-wife Amber Heard, with him being accused of domestic abuse. Just last week, Depp lost a libel trial against the U.K.'s The Sun that printed a story, referring to him as a "wife beater," reports The Guardian.
The trial lasted 16 days at London's Royal Courts, with the outcome announced on Monday, November 20. The judge ruled that 12 of the 14 alleged assaults against Heard were considered probable and The Sun was free of liability. The Guardian outlines and explains all 14 accounts of abuse here.
While this wasn't a criminal trial, Depp is feeling the repercussions of the judgment. This past Friday, November 6, Warner Bros. released a statement, saying, "Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise. We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date.”
Depp made his own announcement regarding his exit, writing in an Instagram post, "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."
Depp referred to the London Court's ruling as "surreal" and that he plans to appeal.
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