'It's a dead issue': David Yates defends casting Johnny Depp in Fantastic Beasts sequel despite domestic violence accusations by Amber Heard

David Yates defended casting Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts sequel following domestic violence accusations made by the actor's ex-wife Amber Heard.

Depp, 54, had a small role as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald in 2016's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, but will have a larger role in the sequel subtitled The Crimes Of Grindelwald.

'Honestly, there's an issue at the moment where there's a lot of people being accused of things, they're being accused by multiple victims, and it's compelling and frightening,' said Yates in an article on Tuesday by EW.?

Casting defense: David Yates, shown in November 2016 in China, defended casting Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts sequel following domestic violence allegations by Amber Heard

Casting defense: David Yates, shown in November 2016 in China, defended casting Johnny Depp in the Fantastic Beasts sequel following domestic violence allegations by Amber Heard

'With Johnny, it seems to me there was one person who took a pop at him and claimed something. I can only tell you about the man I see every day: He's full of decency and kindness, and that's all I see. Whatever accusation was out there doesn't tally with the kind of human being I've been working with,' added the English filmmaker while shooting the sequel in London.

Yates, who directed the last four Harry Potter films, also noted that Depp's former partners including Vanessa Paradis, Lori Anne Allison and Winona Ryder publicly defended him.?

They said Depp was 'never abusive at all … I only know him as a really good, loving, caring guy', said Yates referencing their four-year relationship.

'By testament, some of the women in [Depp's] life have said the same thing — ''that's not the human being we know'',' Yates said.?

Dark wizard: Depp is shown as dark wizard?Gellert Grindelwald in a still from 2016's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find them directed by Yates

Dark wizard: Depp is shown as dark wizard?Gellert Grindelwald in a still from 2016's Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find them directed by Yates

'It's very different [than cases] where there are multiple accusers over many years that need to be examined and we need to reflect on our industry that allows that to roll on year in and year out.'

'Johnny isn't in that category in any shape or form. So to me, it doesn't bear any more analysis. It's a dead issue,' Yates said.

Heard, 31, and Depp met in 2011 on the set of The Rum Diary and married in February 2015.

Hollywood star: The 54-year-old actor, shown earlier this month in London, will have a larger role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel subtitled?The Crimes Of Grindelwald

Hollywood star: The 54-year-old actor, shown earlier this month in London, will have a larger role in the Fantastic Beasts sequel subtitled?The Crimes Of Grindelwald

She filed for divorce in May 2016 and shortly afterward obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp after alleging verbal and physical abuse by the actor.

Images of her facial injuries from one alleged incident were published and a settlement was reached in August 2016.

The divorce was finalized last January and Heard dismissed the restraining order.?

Former couple: Depp is shown with ex-wife Amber Heard in September 2015 in Toronto

Former couple: Depp is shown with ex-wife Amber Heard in September 2015 in Toronto

They released a joint statement that said their 'relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.'

Yates standing behind Depp received a mixed reaction on social media with some endorsements and several rebukes.

One Twitter user likened Yates and Depp to garbage in a post that featured a photo of two black garbage bags along with the caption 'New behind the scenes picture of Johnny Depp and David Yates at the Fantastic Beasts set (2017).'

Behind the scenes: A Twitter user who took offense to Yates and Depp likened them to trash

Behind the scenes: A Twitter user who took offense to Yates and Depp likened them to trash

Another Twitter user also used the refuse theme and posted: 'David Yates is trash. As much as I love Harry Potter, I will be boycotting the franchise while he and Johnny Depp are still involved. Trash. Trash. Trash.'.

Social media also was critical of Yates for saying Heard 'took a pop at him and claimed something' after noting that others recently have been accused by 'multiple victims'.

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald also starring Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston and Jude Law is scheduled for release on November 16, 2018.?

Refuse theme: Another Twitter user vowed to boycott the franchise over Yates and Depp and called them trash

Refuse theme: Another Twitter user vowed to boycott the franchise over Yates and Depp and called them trash

Potter franchise: Yates is shown directing on the set of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix in 2007 with Rupert Grint in the background

Potter franchise: Yates is shown directing on the set of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix in 2007 with Rupert Grint in the background

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