During a time when some of big shots of Hollywood such as Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and Kevin Spacey, among others, have faced multiple allegations of sexual misconduct, harassment and even rape, this has lead to cost their projects and careers.
Amidst all this, Johnny Depp, however, has still managed to keep himself on the squad of the upcoming “Fantastic Beasts” film. Despite being accused of assaulting by ex-wife Amber Heard last year, Warner Bros decided to feature the actor in the “Fantastic Beasts” sequel, causing an outrage among the fans.
With the re-confirmation of the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star's slot on the cast, the dismay grows stronger as some have even threatened to boycott the movie.
Following the series of criticism from decrying fans, David Yates, the director of the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts" project, has finally addressed the backlash.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the English director and producer said: "Honestly there's an issue at the moment where there's a lot of people being accused of things, they're being accused by multiple victims, and it's compelling and frightening.”
"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,” Yates added. “Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”
Yates continued: “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.”
Depp is set to play the villainous wizard Gellert Grindelwald, who was briefly introduced in 2016’s “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” The actor is going to take on a more pivotal role in the “Harry Potter” spin-off movie “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”