I happen to agree with J.K. Rowling. Johnny Depp is not the same man as the accusers coming forward against sexual abuse. His case is different, and I think the time is here for us to look at each case differently.
J.K. Rowling made the following statement on her official website:
“The agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected,” the Thursday statement on Rowling’s official website read. “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.”
Following Rowling’s announcement, Amber shot back saying “Women, continue to stand up and stay strong.”
First of all, it was his wife who accused him of domestic violence. Not sexual abuse. Secondly, she was trying to get a very nice divorce settlement even though they had only been married a few months.
She went to the police. Depp and the incident she described was investigated. He agreed, without a judge’s order to stay away from her. He spent months negotiating a settlement with her.
As the article says, instead of multiple accusers, Depp had numerous women, and men, come forward to defend him. “That’s not the man I know,” is heard throughout all articles written about the two.
And I find it disappointing that when he finally agreed to pay her $7 million, she dropped everything, stopped saying anything about him, started dating a billionaire. She said she was giving the money to charity. When Depp’s lawyer tried to give the money directly to the charities, she professed she was going to donate to, in her name, Amber balked at that idea and said she wanted the money to give herself. Whether she did or didn’t isn’t known.
So I see nothing wrong with Depp playing the title role in the next installment of Rowling’s movie. I find it disturbing that this situation is being compared with multiple women coming forward against one particular man. It’s not the same thing!