Johnny Depp: Amber Heard responds to J.K. Rowling's defence of casting

Warner Bros and J.K. Rowling had earlier defended the decision to have Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts’ movie, despite allegations of domestic violence that were levelled against the star. Now, Amber Heard has broken her silence and defended the choice to keep Johnny Depp in the upcoming film, even after criticism from the author's fans. Heard, who has said that Johnny Depp physically and verbally abused her throughout their short marriage, responded to the statements on her Instagram and Twitter accounts. She captioned the snap, "For the record, this was our FULL joint statement. To pick & choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right. Women, stay strong." Her statement read, "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. She will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity." Earlier, Rowling had said she and director David Yates did consider recasting the role for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindlewald. However, despite being 'deeply concerned' by the reports, they decided to stick with Depp. Depp and Amber Heard settled their divorce case in August 2016, when the actress withdrew her application for a domestic violence restraining order as part of a reported US$ 7 million settlement.