Amber Heard Seemingly Takes Dig at J.K. Rowling Over ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Movie

Heard posts settlement of divorce after Rowling responds to criticism over Johnny Depp's casting
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December 8, 2017 Updated: December 8, 2017

Actress Amber Heard took a dig at J.K. Rowling for casting Johnny Depp, her ex-husband, in the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film.

She posted her joint divorce statement with Depp in full. “For the record, this was our FULL joint statement. To pick and choose certain lines and quote them out of context, is just not right,” Heard wrote, along with a photo of the statement, according to the New York Daily News.

She added: “Women, continue to stand up and stay strong.”

Heard’s tweet appears to be in response to statements made by Rowling and Warner Bros., supporting Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald in the movie—after his casting was criticized for his alleged history of domestic violence against Heard during their marriage. Heard and Depp separated in May 2016 after she alleged that he abused her, while providing images of a bruise on her cheek.

Los Angeles police, when responding to the night of alleged domestic violence, said they found no evidence of a crime.

“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” Heard said in court at the time, USA Today reported. “I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”

Depp, via lawyers, said Heard was trying to cause bad press against him to increase her payout in a divorce settlement. They reached a settlement in August 2016.

Rowling and Warner Bros. noted that the settlement justifies casting Depp.

“This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said, ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,'” Warner Bros. wrote in a statement, reported.

“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies,” Rowling said on her website.

“Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. 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.

The Fantastic Beasts director, David Yates, had told EW about the casting: “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him 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. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”

He then said, “By testament, some of the women in [Depp’s] life have said the same thing — ‘that’s not the human being we know.’ It’s very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years that need to be examined and we need to reflect on our industry that allows that to roll on year in and year out. Johnny isn’t in that category in any shape or form. So to me, it doesn’t bear any more analysis. It’s a dead issue.”

Heard will appear in “Aquaman,” which is also being made by Warner Bros.


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