Johnny Depp leaves “Fantastic Beasts” franchise after libel case loss

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Johnny Depp will no longer appear in the “Fantastic Beasts” film franchise, which is set in the Harry Potter universe.

This follows him losing a libel case over being labelled a wife beater.

According to the BBC, Depp wrote a letter to fans saying he had been “asked to resign” from his role as Gellert Grindelwald and had “respected that and agreed to that request”.

He also called the libel judgement “surreal” and confirmed his plans to appeal.

Warner Bros confirmed Depp’s departure and said the role in the third “Fantastic Beasts” film would be recast.

Depp sued The Sun’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, over a 2018 article which claimed he assaulted his ex-wife Amber Heard.

Earlier this week Judge Mr Justice Nicol ruled The Sun had proved what was in the article to be “substantially true”.