Although Johnny Depp has been a much-discussed figure of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, he hasn’t given any formal interviews. Until now. He sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss playing the villainous Grindelwald and how he’s collaborated with J.K. Rowling and director David Yates on forming the character. Of course, he was also asked about the abuse allegations from his ex-wife and actress Amber Heard. These controversial allegations have marred the Fantastic Beasts films and fractured the HP fandom.
This past summer Rolling Stone released a troubling profile of the veteran actor, which painted the picture of Depp in crisis, swallowing paranoia and pain with tons of vintage red wine. Rowling and Yates released statements of support that backed Depp after the fans started wondering why he was still such a huge focus in Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
During this past summer, Depp sued the British tabloid The Sun for defamation for calling him a “wife-beater.” The actor is supposed to have his day in court next month, which he alludes to in his interview with EW.
“I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there,” Depp told Entertainment Weekly. “I felt bad that she had to take that. But ultimately, there is real controversy. The fact remains I was falsely accused, which is why I’m suing the Sun newspaper for defamation for repeating false accusations. J.K. has seen the evidence and therefore knows I was falsely accused, and that’s why she has publicly supported me. She doesn’t take things lightly. She would not stand up if she didn’t know the truth. So that’s really it.”
Crimes of Grindelwald comes to theaters on November 16.