"Women, continue to stand up and stay strong," Heard says following Rowling's defense of casting Depp despite domestic abuse allegations.
Amber Heard appeared to throw shade at J.K. Rowling and/or Warner Bros. on Thursday evening for their defense of casting Johnny Depp in the "Fantastic Beasts" movies despite the domestic abuse allegations that surfaced during the actor's very messy and very public divorce from Heard.
Following Rowling's public defense, which was torn to shreds by even the most die-hard Harry Potter fans, Heard reissued the joint statement she and Depp released in May, but captioned the photo with new commentary.
"For the record, this was our FULL joint statement. To pick and choose certain lines and quote them out of context is just not right. Women, continue to stand up and stay strong," the actress wrote.
In a lengthy statement on Rowling's official website, the author and writer/producer of the movies explained, "When Johnny Depp was cast as Grindelwald, I thought he'd be wonderful in the role. However, around the time of filming his cameo in the first movie, stories had appeared in the press that deeply concerned me and everyone most closely involved in the franchise."
"Harry Potter fans had legitimate questions and concerns about our choice to continue with Johnny Depp in the role. As David Yates, long-time Potter director, has already said, we naturally considered the possibility of recasting," she continued. "I understand why some have been confused and angry about why that didn't happen."
Though many fans had been vocal about Rowling's lack of comment on the issue, she said Depp and Heard's private divorce settlement led to their decision to keep him involved.
"The agreements that have been put in place to protect the privacy of two people, both of whom have expressed a desire to get on with their lives, must be respected," she said. "Based on our understanding of the circumstances, the filmmakers and I are not only comfortable sticking with our original casting, but genuinely happy to have Johnny playing a major character in the movies."
Meanwhile, Warner Bros. released the following statement on the matter, but the studio actually quoted Heard and Depp's divorce settlement statement, leading TooFab to suspect Heard was calling out WB, specifically.
"We are of course aware of reports that surfaced around the end of Johnny Depp's marriage, and take seriously the complexity of the issues involved. This matter has been jointly addressed by both parties, in a statement in which they said 'there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.' Based on the circumstances and the information available to us, we, along with the filmmakers, continue to support the decision to proceed with Johnny Depp in the role of Grindelwald in this and future films."
Heard got a temporary restraining order against Depp in 2016, accusing him of being "verbally and physically abusive" during their marriage. She later dismissed the request after the two settled their divorce, which was finalized in January of this year. Depp denied the alleged abuse at the time.