KEY POINTS

  • Johnny Depp said J.K. Rowling knew the truth that's why she publicly supported him
  • Paul Bettany was mocked for publicly supporting Johnny Depp
  • Johny Depp might reprise his role in "Pirates of the Caribbean"

Johnny Depp revealed the reason J.K. Rowling defended him from Amber Heard’s abuse allegations.

Depp faced intense backlash and scrutiny after his ex-wife accused him of being violent and abusive. Disney also dropped him from its popular movie franchise “Pirates of the Caribbean” because of it.

However, there are a few people who stood by him. The “Harry Potter” author showed her support to Depp by casting him in her movie “Fantastic Beasts.” We revisited why Rowling defended Depp because Twitter users have been praising her lately for choosing to support the “Minamata” actor who turned out to be the actual victim after Heard confessed in an audio recording that she hit him and she started their fights.

In a statement, Rowling wrote that based on their understanding of the circumstances, she and the filmmakers were not only comfortable in sticking with the original casting but genuinely happy to have Depp play a major character in the flick. The move was criticized, but Depp said that Rowling made such a decision because she knew the truth.

“I’ll be honest with you, I felt bad for J.K. having to field all these various feelings from people out there. I felt bad that she had to take that,” Depp told Entertainment Weekly about the criticisms Rowling received after casting him.

“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.”

Just like Rowling, Paul Bettany also defended Depp publicly and he was mocked by social media users. The “Avengers: Age of Ultron” actor called Depp the “sweetest, kindest, gentlest man” he has ever known. Several urged him to delete his tweet, but the actor didn’t remove it. Four years later, many are still commenting on Bettany’s post but this time, they are showing their support for Depp.

According to a recent report, Depp might reprise his role as Captain Jack Sparrow in “Pirates of the Caribbean.” Some executives are reportedly lobbying for his return due to the overwhelming support from the public in his favor.

Amber Heard, Johnny Depp
“London Fields,” the movie that supposedly ended Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s marriage, is set to be released before the end of the year. Getty Images/Ian Gavan
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