JK Rowling praised for standing by Johnny Depp despite Amber Heard allegations: 'Does what she knows is right'

Even as accusations of domestic abuse piled up against the actor, Rowling defended Depp, back in 2016, saying that she was “genuinely happy” about his casting in the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise


                            JK Rowling praised for standing by Johnny Depp despite Amber Heard allegations: 'Does what she knows is right'
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Although JK Rowling was heavily criticized years back when she defended Johnny Depp's casting in the 'Fantastic Beasts' franchise despite his ex-wife, Amber Heard, getting a restraining order against him for alleged domestic abuse, netizens are currently praising the 'Harry Potter' author after leaked audiotapes last month seemed to prove that it was the 'Aquaman' actress who allegedly perpetrated the violence in their marriage.

Even as accusations of domestic abuse piled up against the 'Alice in Wonderland' actor, Rowling defended Depp, back in 2016, saying that she was “genuinely happy” about him being cast in the fantasy/adventure movie. The British author refused to budge from her stance despite being criticized online and facing backlash from her fans. 

Come February 2020, the same fans have started rallying behind the author, praising her for sticking with the actor despite the allegations by his ex. Disney, on the other hand, was mocked for dropping him from the biggest movie franchise of Depp's career, 'Pirates of the Caribbean,' where he played Captain Jack Sparrow. 

J. K. Rowling attends the UK Premiere of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald in London's Leicester Square on November 13, 2018 in London, United Kingdom (Getty Images)

"Disney should have done their homework like JK Rowling did! Now they want to get out of paying him as the lead! In spite of him making them 4.5 BILL as of March 2019. It wouldn't have been a franchise with video games & endless spin off's without him," one user wrote.

Another opined, “Jk Rowling has always chose what's right over what's easy. Casting Johnny Depp, defending Maya Forstator, speaking out against the snowflakes that believe there's 50+ genders. Even when she gets emotional abuse for it, she does what she knows is right."

A third wrote: “@jk_rowling is an intelligent woman. She has the best interests of women at heart. Do you really think she would be okay with #JohnnyDepp being cast in the role of Grindlewald, if the abuse allegations Heard made about him were true? Nope. JK has too much integrity for that." 

Despite still being criticized for their choice to let Depp go from the beloved movie franchise, MEAWW reported that in the light of the new evidence and the turning of tables in the court of public opinion, there was a chance that the actor might reprise his role in Disney’s 'Pirates of the Caribbean' movie. 

Depp has currently filed a $50 million defamation case against Heard.

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