Following a massive fan backlash over the casting of accused spousal abuser Johnny Depp in the newest J.K Rowling penned Potterverse movie, Fantastic Beasts 2聽AKA Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the author decided to respond yesterday, causing yet another backlash. And fans aren鈥檛 the only ones taking umbrage about the casting. Depp鈥檚 ex, Amber Heard, has responded to Rowling鈥檚 post, and it is the perfect example of how to call someone out subtly.

In Rowling鈥檚 statement yesterday, the Hugo Award winner said, 鈥渢he agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people [Heard and Depp], both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected. 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.鈥

Resharing the former couple鈥檚 original joint statement regarding their divorce, Heard Tweeted, 鈥渇or the record, this was our FULL joint statement. To pick & choose certain lines & quote them out of context, is not right. Women, stay strong.鈥 Heard was responding directly to the passage in Rowling鈥檚 post about the couple wanting to 鈥済et on with their lives,鈥 by changing the context of the couple鈥檚 statement made at the start of the year.

While Heard eventually dropped charges against her ex, graphic photographs, a secretly filmed video,聽and a series of text messages between the actress and Depp鈥檚聽assistant offered haunting evidence that supported Heard鈥檚 initial domestic violence allegations. Their joint statement 鈥 something both parties had to agree to 鈥 raised eyebrows specifically for the line, 鈥渘either party has made false accusations for financial gains.鈥 This language appears to be Depp鈥檚 way of acquiescing to admitting to being violent to his ex without completely admitting any wrongdoing.

Of course, Fantastic Beasts 2 is already in the making, and both Rowling, and the film鈥檚 director, David Yates feel good about the casting choice they made when hiring Depp, with Yates victim blaming Heard in a recentEntertainment Weekly interview.聽

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