After losing a libel case in Britain against a tabloid that called him a “wife beater” Johnny Depp resigned from the Fantastic Beasts film franchise.
The Hollywood star released a statement on social media where stated that AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros movie studio had asked him to leave his role as villain Gellert Grindelwald. The actor also added that the had “respected that and agreed to that request”.
Confirming the news, Film Studio Warner Bros said Deep’s role would be recast.
Johnny Depp’s social media statement read, “In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement. Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days. Secondly, 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 actor added, “Finally, I wish to say this. The surreal judgement 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.”
Releasing the statement Warner Bros said, “We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date”.
For the unversed Depp sued the publisher The Sun Newspaper over a 2018 article, which claimed that he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard. However, earlier this week the Judge ruled that the article is “substantially true”.
The judgement was followed by a 16 days trial in July at the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
Depp was alleged in violence with Amber Heard between 2013 and 2016. In the running, it was found that 12 of the 14 alleged incidents of domestic violence had occurred.
Depp is accusing Amer Heard, 34, in the US in a separate case, over an opinion piece she wrote in the Washington Post.