In a shock Instagram post, Johnny Depp has stated that he was “asked to resign” from the role of Grindelwald in the Fantastic Beasts sequels.

It comes after Depp lost his long-running libel battle regarding his ex-wife Amber Heard against The Sun last week, at London’s High Court.

Depp had starred in the role in Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.

In the new post, Depp writes:

“In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.

Firstly, I’d like to thank everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty.

I have been particularly humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days.

Secondly, 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.

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.

Thank you for reading.”

 

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A post shared by Johnny Depp (@johnnydepp) on Nov 6, 2020 at 8:15am PST

Tens of thousands of fans have commented on the post already, that went up at 4.15pm GMT.

 

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