Johnny Depp Steps Away from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Films as Grindelwald

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Johnny Depp Steps Away from ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Films as Grindelwald. It has been revealed that Warner Bros has asked Pirates of the Caribbean actor, Johnny Depp to step down from his role as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts films.

Depp confirmed the news via Instagram, sharing: “In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement. Firstly, I’de 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 agree to that request. Finally I wish to say this. The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my gift 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 ne defined by this moments in time. Thank you for reading. Sincerely, Johnny Depp”

For those who are unaware of this weeks events Depp is referring to:

Award winning actor Johnny Depp is now facing a shocking defeat in court against UK based newspaper, The Sun. Throughout 2020, Depp has had to stand trial against the famed newspaper for allegations of spousal abuse. In U.S. based courts, these allegations were found to be mostly untrue and found mounting proof that his ex-wife Amber Heard was indeed a large source of abuse towards Depp through their toxic relationship and even faked photos and accounts of abuse to try and defame the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

Though there is no doubting the relationship and marriage was not a good one for either Depp or Heard the damage has been done and Depp is finding it hard to find work amongst the rumors and allegations and the verdict in his case against The Sunwill not be helpful in Depp finding work in the future.

The courts in London ruled in the favor of News Group Newspapers and Executive Editor Dan Wootton, stating the evidence of abuse from Depp was “substantially true” and that The Sun was not liable for their publishings. The publishers lawyers resented 14 incidents along with various forms of evidence including text messages and photos, which the court sited in their final verdict.

The fight is not over yet, as Depp’s lawyer firm, Schillings, sharing Depp fully intends on filing an appeal on the verdict, stating, “the judgment is so flawed that it would be ridiculous for Mr Depp not to appeal this decision.”

It is currently unknown who will replace Depp as Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beast franchise. Be sure to check back here at Chip and Co. for updates and all things Entertainment!

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Source: Johnny Depp Instagram