“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.
“I accept that there will be those who are not satisfied with our choice of actor in the title role. However, conscience isn’t governable by committee. Within the fictional world and outside it, we all have to do what we believe to be the right thing.”
Her statement did not go down well with some fans, who took to Twitter to share their thoughts:
I can’t believe JK Rowling is cancelled. 2017 is really a garbage year.
— AdeleMarie (@MartySchmarty) December 7, 2017
I liked JK Rowling better when she only said anything once every 3-4 years
— ayn rand in the sheets Marx in the streets (@BootlegGirl) December 7, 2017
unpopular opinion: we should’ve stopped listening to JK Rowling a long time ago
— Anne Helen Petersen (@annehelen) December 7, 2017
jk rowling has worked so systematically and methodically to destroy my love of her creation. it’s fascinating.
— Pete Souza Petty (@KendraJames_) December 7, 2017
This is an intensely disappointing word salad from JK Rowling re Johnny Depp. It manages to say nothing & yet give Depp a pass in the most evasive, passive way possible. Ugh. https://t.co/bZ5Sy9NfqH
— Mo Ryan (@moryan) December 7, 2017
Allegations of domestic violence were first made by Amber in May 2016, when she sought a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband. The couple’s divorce was settled outside of court.
While this meant many details of the split remained private, some pieces of evidence leaked to the press, including a video of Depp drinking and appearing to throw a bottle in his kitchen.
A photograph of a mirror, stained with the name of a man Depp thought his wife was having an affair with, was also published online.