Actor Released From Fantastic Beasts Franchise

“Wife beater” Johnny Depp has been axed from Fantastic Beasts by Warner Bros., the actor revealed on his Instagram today.

The move comes after London’s High Court ruled that the UK’s newspaper The Sun was right to brand Depp a “wife beater” for brutal attacks on his ex Amber Heard.

Depp lost his libel battle against The Sun this week, and posted the following statement today –

Mr Justice Nicol threw out Depp’s defamation case after finding the story – which had always been staunchly backed by Ms Heard – was accurate.

The judge ruled Depp’s feelings towards his wife during their turbulent three-year relationship were summed up in a text where the actor revealed he had “no mercy” for her. He also concluded Depp beat Ms Heard 12 out of 14 times – starting in 2013 when he slapped the actress when she made a comment about his tattoo. He dismissed two allegations made by Ms Heard in 2014 and 2015 but said he couldn’t conclude she had been “untruthful” about it.

Mr Justice Nicol added –

“Although he has proved the necessary elements of his cause of action in libel, the defendants have shown that what they published in the meaning which I have held the words to bear was substantially true.”

“I have reached these conclusions having examined in detail the 14 incidents on which the defendants rely, as well as the over-arching considerations which the claimant submitted I should take into account.”

The 16-day libel trial – considered the biggest in the 21st Century – unfolded in July with a string of bombshell revelations and claims of horrific violence.