J.K. Rowling Defends Casting of Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts’

J.K. Rowling Defends Casting of Johnny Depp in ‘Fantastic Beasts’
J.K. Rowling has defended the decision to cast Johnny Depp in the new “Fantastic Beasts” movie despite allegations of domestic violence leveled against the star.

On her official site, the author said she and the film’s producers were concerned by the stories in the press about Depp and acknowledged fans’ concerns, but stood by their casting decision. Depp was accused of domestic abuse during his divorce from former wife Amber Heard.

Rowling, who wrote the screenplays for the first two “Fantastic Beasts” movies, said she and the producers had considered ditching Depp, but decided against it.

“‘Harry Potter’ fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role,” she said. “As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting. I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn’t happen.”

She added that she has wanted to address
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