Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them director David Yates defends Hollywood icon Johnny Depp against the accusations of domestic abuse brought to him by former spouse Amber Heard.
Not only did Yates took Depp’s side, but he intends to give him an even more consistent role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. This matter could sound heartless to those who, in the past weeks, have become highly sensitive to the sexual harassment and abuse matters.
Johnny Depp has joined the line of actors who have been accused of abuse since the Harvey Weinstein stories. He was definitely not the first, nor will he be the last whose image is stained, with or without good cause. But he is among the ones who have only been accused by one sole victim. In his case, it is his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
Their story isn’t exactly new. It was the Harvey Weinstein stories that brought it back into the public attention.
The 31-year-old Justice League actress has accused Depp of domestic abuse after People published photos of her. “There was one severe incident in December 2015 when I truly feared for my life”, she told the magazine at that point.
Heard filed for a divorce in May 2016. The same month, she filed for a restraining order against Depp.
They have reached a divorce settlement, through which Heard received from Depp $7 million.
Despite the abuse claims, movie director David Yates says he is not afraid of casting Depp in the sequel of Fantastic Beasts. “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 started his statement to Entertainment Weekly, adding: “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something.”
He continued by saying that as long as he has been working with Depp, he could see a different side of him than the one that has been portrayed by his ex-wife: “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.”
He also brought into Depp’s defense the issue of only one accuser, mentioning that none of his other exes have ever said anything bad about him. And as this is a very different case than those with multiple accusers, Yates considers it “a dead issue”.