Amber Heard appears to respond to JK Rowling's statement on Johnny Depp abuse with new Instagram post

Amber Heard appears to respond to JK Rowling's statement on Johnny Depp abuse with new Instagram post

The new Fantastic Beasts film is coming out soon, but in light of the firestorm of sexual harassment and assault allegations still flying around Hollywood, people are not too happy with the producers' decision to keep Johnny Depp – who was accused of domestic abuse by his former wife Amber Heard last year – cast in the franchise as Grindlewald.

Heard alleged during divorce proceedings that she endured physical and psychological abuse in her marriage with Depp. It was a tumultuous and high profile case, with people shocked to hear the news about Depp and many equally upset with Heard for whatever reason, who was subject to victim-shaming as a consequence.

Depp insisted that he was never abusive, and while Heard was granted a restraining order against her ex-husband, she ending up dismissing it. They reached an agreement in August last year and Heard was given a $7 million settlement, which she donated all to domestic violence and children's charities.

So the decision to keep Depp in the Fantastic Beasts films was one that many people criticised. Yesterday, author of the Harry Potter series the new prequel films are based on, JK Rowling, released a statement about why she and director David Yates decided to keep working with Depp.

The 52-year-old said she initially considered recasting for the role of Grindlewald when feeling "deeply concerned" after first hearing about the domestic abuse allegations during the production of the first film in which Depp cameos. However, the righteous and out outspoken author ultimately decided to stick with the casting decision, while also recognising that it might make people "confused and angry".

And shortly after Rowling issued the statement, Heard herself took to Instagram and Twitter to chip in on the debate circulating Depp. The 31-year-old shared the full joint statement she and Depp put together after the divorce, writing in the caption: "For the record, this was our FULL joint statement. To pick and choose certain lines and quote them out of context, is just not right. Women, continue to stand up and stay strong. Love, Amber."

The estranged couple's statement read: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity."

It is likely this agreement that Rowling referenced in her own statement, acknowledging that the agreements "have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people" and that it "must be respected" that Depp and Heard have both "expressed a desire to get on with their lives".

"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," Rowling's statement concluded.

While Heard's statement was not directed at anyone in particular, the timing of it shortly after Rowling's statement (which was widely circulated and criticised) implies it was in reaction to the author's stance on the matter. She's yet to comment on the Grindlewald casting issue again.