When Johnny Depp signed on to star in 2018’s Harry Potter spin-off, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, The Sun published a reaction piece with the headline Gone Potty: How can JK Rowling be ‘genuinely happy’ casting wife beater Johnny Depp in the new Fantastic Beasts film? Outraged by the accusations of spousal abuse, Johnny Depp sued the newspaper for libel. And, on Monday, he lost.
The verdict was received exactly as you’d expect. Domestic-violence charities welcomed the decision. Depp’s loyal army of fans called for the judge to be fired and kept #JusticeForJohnnyDepp trending on Twitter. And you suspect that the Fantastic Beasts producers—the third installment of the franchise is currently halfway through production—may well have entirely lost the will to live.