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The accusation out there don't tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with: Director David Yates on Johnny Depp

Sanyukta Thakare | November, 29 2017

Fantastic Beasts team is breaking their silence about the controversial decision to keep Johnny Depp on board for the film’s sequel. Director David Yates, a veteran of the Harry Potter franchise in the midst of shooting the sequel in London and spoke to EW about Depp’s participation in the film
Warner Bros.'s re-confirmed earlier this month of the Pirates of the Carribean actor's participation in next year’s Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald has been receiving backlash due to Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard making domestic violence accusations against the actor two years ago. 
Depp’s villainous wizard character Gellert Grindelwald was seen very briefly in 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, but will take a much more pivotal role in the next film as its titular character.
“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,” Yates said. “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.”
Yates added several of Depp’s exes have come forward to publicly defend him, including Vanessa Paradis, Lori Anne Allison and Winona Ryder — who said Depp was “never abusive at all … I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy” during their four-year relationship.
Heard is currently appearing in another Warner Bros. franchise, playing the Atlantean Lady Mera in Justice League and in next year’s Aquaman. 
She accused Depp of emotionally and physically abusive and inebriated behavior during their one-year marriage, released a video of Depp having a tantrum and a photo of herself with a black eye. Depp called the reports “salacious false stories, gossip, misinformation and lies.” The two reached a settlement in 2016 and issued a joint statement reading, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
Depp is currently appearing in Kenneth Branagh’s remake of Murder on the Orient Express. 

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