J.K. Rowling defends the cast of Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts sequel. As the author of the book “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them”, Rowling says he is “genuinely happy”, that Depp is part of the project.

British writer J.K. Rowling has taken the decision to speak out on the recent matter of sexual assault allegations brought against Johnny Depp a few years back. The victim was his ex-wife, supermodel an actress Amber Heard. Even though the case has been solved outside the court system and Depp subsequently had to pay Heard millions of dollars as part of the divorce settlement, the assault has been brought back into the media spotlight in the midst of a wave of sexual assault accusations flying around between actors and producers, actors and assistants, producers and staff members and so on.

A case that had been settled and Depp was probably hoping to put behind him, is now openly debated and threatening his future movie deals. So far, his appearance on the second Fantastic Beasts movie is still on. Not only that, but two key-characters in the production have defended the decision of casting hims in the movie. The latest is the author of the book on which the movie is based, J.K. Rowling.

“Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies”, the writes said on her official website.

Just days ago, Fantastic Beasts director David Yates defended Depp against the abuse claims.

And according to Variety, Warner Bros. Released a statement supporting the casting of the actor “in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films”.

Johnny Depp, 54, and Amber Heard were married from 2015 to 2017. She filed for a divorce and, day later, for a restraining order against the actor, claiming that he had been physically and verbally abusive. The two reached a settlement through their lawyers in August 2016 and Heard dismissed the restraining order. She received $7 million when the divorce was finalized, in January of this year.