Defending a decision on casting Johnny Depp is something we don’t see too often. When the established become unraveled in a Weinstein world they instantly become the target of every woman walking this planet. All men are no longer allowed to make mistakes and must be on their P’s and Q’s when it comes to their colleague’s T and A. But this isn’t Johnny’s first rodeo and Warner Bros. has his back. Men are allowed to beat women and bounce back because bruises heal. Just ask Chris Brown. The world can forgive a fat lip after a few years. And this loophole is what’s saving Depp from having his career cancelled. It would be a different story if Amber Heard said Johnny Depp went Massage Envy employee on her after giving her a black eye.
Ever since Warner Bros. re-confirmed earlier this month that the Pirates of the Carribean actor would star in next year’s Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, there has been blowback against the film on social media due to Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard making domestic violence accusations against the actor two years ago.
Veteran Harry Potter franchise director David Yates is in the midst of shooting the sequel in London and spoke to EW about Depp’s participation in the film.
“Honestly, there’s an issue at the moment where there’s a lot of people being accused of things, they’re being accused by multiple victims, and it’s compelling and frightening,” Yates said. “With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He’s full of decency and kindness, and that’s all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn’t tally with the kind of human being I’ve been working with.”
Yates added several of Depp’s exes have come forward to publicly defend him, including Vanessa Paradis, Lori Anne Allison and Winona Ryder — who said Depp was “never abusive at all … I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy” during their four-year relationship.
Johnny really looks like he’s in the clear for now thanks to the “one and done” rule. When only one woman brings up egregious offenses against you it becomes your word against hers. And since more people enjoy Pirates Of The Caribbean than Amber Heard’s non-essential existence we can all quietly sweep these accusations under the rug. Better luck next time Amber. The patriarchy is still unstoppable even during these harrowing Harvey times.