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Amber Heard is responding to J.K. Rowling and Warner Bros’ statements supporting Johnny Depp’s casting in the forthcoming Fantastic Beasts sequel, making sure the public hears both sides of the story.
Heard shared the joint statement she gave with Depp following their divorce settlement, captioning a Friday tweet, “For the record, this was our FULL joint statement.To pick & choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right. Women, stay strong.”
Heard’s tweet appears to be responding to statements that Warner Bros. and Rowling released this week supporting Depp’s casting as Gellert Grindelwald in the new movie, after his casting came under scrutiny for his alleged history of violence against Heard during their short marriage, part of the sexual harassment reckoning currently sweeping Hollywood.
Heard separated from Depp in May 2016, when the actress alleged domestic abuse, filing for a restraining order against Depp while providing evidence of harm, including a visible bruise on her cheek, claiming the actor had recently thrown a cellphone at her face.
The Los Angeles police who went to their downtown loft the night of the alleged abuse have said they found no evidence of a crime when they arrived.
“During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” Heard submitted in court at the time. “I endured excessive emotional, verbal and physical abuse from Johnny, which has included angry, hostile, humiliating and threatening assaults to me whenever I questioned his authority or disagreed with him.”
Depp, through his lawyers, claimed Heard was ginning up bad press to increase her payout for the “short marriage.” Heard later withdrew her request for a permanent restraining order, and the couple reached a settlement agreement in August 2016.
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Both Rowling and Warner Bros pointed to the joint statement that the former couple released following their divorce settlement, suggesting that it justifies their casting of Depp.
“This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said, ‘there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” Warner Bros. shared in a statement Thursday.
Rowling published her statement on her website the same day, writing, “Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies.”
While Warner Bros. and Rowling’s statements focus on Heard and Depp’s declaration that “there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” they did not acknowledge the parts of the statement that read, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile,” and “neither party has made false accusations for financial gains.”
Andrea Mandell contributed to this report.
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