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 AKA Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, the author decided to respond yesterday, causing yet another backlash. And fans aren’t the only ones taking umbrage about the casting. Depp’s ex, Amber Heard, has responded to Rowling’s post, and it is the perfect example of how to call someone out subtly.

In Rowling’s statement yesterday, the Hugo Award winner said, “the 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.”

Resharing the former couple’s original joint statement regarding their divorce, Heard Tweeted, “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 was responding directly to the passage in Rowling’s post about the couple wanting to “get on with their lives,” by changing the context of the couple’s statement made at the start of the year.

While Heard eventually dropped charges against her ex, graphic photographs, a secretly filmed video, and a series of text messages between the actress and Depp’s assistant offered haunting evidence that supported Heard’s initial domestic violence allegations. Their joint statement — something both parties had to agree to — raised eyebrows specifically for the line, “neither party has made false accusations for financial gains.” This language appears to be Depp’s 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’s director, David Yates feel good about the casting choice they made when hiring Depp, with Yates victim blaming Heard in a recentEntertainment Weekly interview. 

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