'Fantastic Beasts' director defends keeping Johnny Depp in the movie amid serious backlash from fans: 'It's a dead issue'

Business Insider | 11/28/2017 | Kim Renfro, INSIDER
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"Harry Potter" fans have been vocally against Johnny Depp's casting in "Fantastic Beasts."

Amber Heard accused Depp of assaulting her while they were married, and she later dropped the allegations.

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Now director David Yates is defending Depp against the backlash.

"Whatever accusation was out there doesn't tally with the kind of human being I've been working with," Yates told Entertainment Weekly.

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Johnny Depp plays the villain Gellert Grindelwald in the "Harry Potter" spin-off movie series "Fantastic Beasts," but many fans would prefer if he was axed from production. The backlash stems mostly from an allegation made by Depp's ex-wife Amber Heard, who filed a domestic violence lawsuit against the actor.

The director of the upcoming "Fantastic Beasts" film, David Yates, addressed the backlash in a new interview with Entertainment Weekly.

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"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."

Yates is alluding to the current ongoing Hollywood scandal, where men like Harvey Weinstein, Charlie Rose, and Kevin Spacey are facing multiple allegations of sexual misconduct or, in some cases, assault.

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Heard's allegations against Depp were filed last year — prior to the new wave of reports that began with Weinstein. Bruises were visible on Heard's face when she made the...
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