Johnny Depp removed from his role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts
The move comes after the actor lost his failed libel case against The Sun tabloid newspaper for a 2018 article that labeled him a wife-beater.
His statement read: "In the light of recent event's, 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 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 UK 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."
Fantastic Beasts,” a prequel franchise spin-off from the Harry Potter films, has grossed nearly $1.5 billion between 2016’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and 2018’s Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. Warner Bros. on Friday postponed the release of the third Fantastic Beasts film from November next year to summer 2022.