The consequences on his career were not long in coming: American actor Johnny Depp, 57, was asked to step down from his role in Fantastic Beasts , after losing his libel case against British tabloid The Sun , which l ‘had described as an abusive husband.
“My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time,” said the star, “my determination remains strong and I intend to prove that the accusations against me are false,” the actor writes on Facebook this Friday.
But his career has already suffered from the court ruling: the actor explained that he was “asked to resign by Warner Bros. for the role of Grindelwald” for the next film “Fantastic Beasts”, which he “accepted”.
He will be replaced by another actor in the next film
“Johnny Depp will be leaving the Fantastic Beasts franchise,” confirmed a spokesperson for the Warner Bros. “We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date,” he added, explaining that the star would be replaced by another actor for this film which is scheduled for global release in the summer of 2022.
Johnny Depp was scheduled to play villain Gellert Grindelwald again in the third installment of the series, after playing the role in “Fantastic Beasts” (2016) and its sequel, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald” (2018 ).
Lawsuit against The Sun : Johnny Depp will appeal
The actor of “Edward in the Silver Hands” and “Pirate of the Caribbean” had taken big risks by attacking in defamation News Group Newspapers (NGN), publisher of the daily newspaper The Sun which accused him of hitting the actress Amber Heard.
After three weeks of trial in July, the High Court of London had ruled wrong Monday to Johnny Depp, considering that the Sun’s qualifications were “substantially true” because “the vast majority of the alleged assaults had been proven”.
“The surreal judgment of the court in the United Kingdom will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal,” Johnny Depp announced on his Instagram and Facebook accounts on Friday. He thanked his fans, “moved” by the “many messages” of support he received.
The trial had given rise to a great unpacking of the private life of the couple, revealing in broad daylight addiction to drugs, accusations of deception and even excrement found in the marital bed, to the delight of the English tabloids.