Johnny Depp is resigning from the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise after being requested to do so by Warner Bros.
Why not fire him? Oh yay, I guess then they would have had to pay him what is due in the contract.
“I wish to let you know that I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request,” he wrote on Friday.
“I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty. I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.
“Finally, I wish to say this. The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal. My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false. My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time.”
This abrupt exit from the movies comes days after he lost his libel case against U.K. tabloid The Sun over a 2018 article describing him as a “wife beater.”
WB had bent the knee, and now a victim of abuse is out of a job.