Depp is accused of abusing his ex-wife.
Daniel Radcliffe, star of the Harry Potter films, has spoken up about the decision to keep Johnny Depp on as Gillert Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.
Speaking to EW, Radcliffe said “it’s a very hard thing for me,” because he wants to support the producers who gave him “a great start in life and an amazing job.” He avoided taking a stand one way or another, for or against the decision to keep Depp on.
Depp has been accused of abuse by his ex-wife Amber Heard. Heard released photos of herself, bruised and battered, allegedly at the hands of Depp.
Fantastic Beasts director David Yates and author J.K. Rowling have both defended Depp in the face of the allegations, with Rowling writing on her blog the filmmakers were “genuinely happy” to have Depp playing the role of Grindelwald.
Radcliffe’s non-statement on the issue compared players in the NFL, and a Harry Potter cast-mate, running into trouble for smoking marijuana, with the allegations against Depp. He said he could see how “people are frustrated with the response,” where the marijuana smokers are reprimanded while Depp is defended by powerful members of the entertainment world.
Seth Macy is a freelance writer. Follow him on Twitter @sethmacy.