After two long and turbulent years of his libel case against ‘The Sun,’ we finally had the verdict a few days ago, and Johnny Depp has lost.
Consequently, he was asked by Warner Bros. to resign from his role of Grindelwald in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise.
It all started two years ago when a newspaper article on ‘The Sun’ speculated J.K.Rowling’s decision of casting Johnny Depp in the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ films.
The newspaper called the A-list actor a “wife beater” – a title which Depp has condemned. The Sun alleged that he had been violent towards ex-wife Amber Herd and led to the unravelling of graphic and intimate details of their chaotic relationship.
These defamatory details made headlines and caused controversy with fans being divided into those who believed in Depp’s innocence and those who didn’t.
After losing the trial, Johnny Depp took to Instagram to share a personal letter with his fans announcing that he would no longer appear on the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise.
In his letter he thanked his fans for their “support and loyalty” and “messages of love and concern.” He also stated that he “respected and agreed” to Warner Bros.’ request of resigning from his role.
His role will now be recast, according to Warner Bros. He concluded his statement saying that the judgement was “surreal” and that he even plans to appeal in order to tell the truth.
Is this the end of Johnny Depp’s career?