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Fantastic Beasts Director Defends Decision to Keep Johnny Depp Despite Abuse Allegations

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Fantastic Beasts director David Yates doesn't care that fans don't want to see Johnny Depp in the upcoming movie. In fact, he defended his controversial decision to keep the actor on board for the film's sequel. You see, ever since Warner Bros. confirmed that Johnny would star in next year's Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, fans have made it clear that they don't approve since Johnny's ex-wife Amber Heard made domestic violence accusations against him two years ago.

But despite the allegations and the backlash, the movie's director stands by his decision. He recently opened up to Entertainment Weekly about all the negative reactions he and the team have received recently for keeping Depp as a starring cast member in the sequel film.

“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,” David said. “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: 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.”

David also said that the fact that Johnny's exes – Vanessa Paradis, Lori Anne Allison, and Winona Ryder – have all come forward to defend him says a lot about the person that he is. But does that excuse his alleged behavior with Amber? While every single allegation of abuse matters immensely, it doesn't seem that David Yates cares at all because it is just one of the Pirates of the Carribean star's exes who have publicly accused him of abuse.

“By testament, some of the women in [Johnny's] life have said the same thing – ‘that’s not the human being we know,'” David continued. “It’s very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years that need to be examined and we need to reflect on our industry that allows that to roll on year in and year out. Johnny isn’t in that category in any shape or form. So to me, it doesn’t bear any more analysis. It’s a dead issue.”

The Fantastic Beasts 2 movie also introduces Jude Law as a young Dumbledore – a character fans are incredibly excited to see. Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, and Ezra Miller are also all returning for the sequel, though it remains unclear if the fans will returning as well.

Meanwhile, author J.K. Rowling, who avidly defends women and the topic of sexual and domestic abuse, has kept quiet about Johnny's role in the film. We're assuming there isn't much she can do now that the film is set for release on November 16th, 2018. However, considering Kevin Spacey was replaced at the last minute in All the Money, it's not impossible to think that Johnny Depp could be switched out as well.

It will be interesting to see how this all plays out because the fans are NOT happy…

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