Italian actress Asia Argento was among millions of fans who approved of Johnny Depp’s recent statement about his resignation from “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise days after losing a libel case in Britain against a tabloid that branded him a “wife beater.”
The “XXX” actress’s like on Depp’s Instagram statement left supporters of the #MeToo movement scratching their heads. Her “likes” on Depp’s Instagram posts also had people guessing whether she supports the Hollywood star against the “Aquaman” actress.
The movement took off three years ago, prompted by accusations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein.
Asia Argento was one of the first women to publicly accuse Harvey Weinstein of sexual assault when she told the New Yorker last year that the powerful Hollywood producer sexually abused her.
The A-list actor, writing on Instagram, said that AT&T Inc’s Warner Bros movie studio had asked him to leave his role as villain Gellert Grindelwald. “I have respected and agreed to that request,” he said.
Warner Bros said in a statement that Depp “will depart the ‘Fantastic Beasts’ franchise,” and that his role would be recast.
Depp recently resumed production on the third film in the spinoff from “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling. Warner Bros said on Friday its release date had been pushed back to summer 2022 from November 2021.
His exit marked a relatively rare move by Hollywood to recast an actor on ethical grounds.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star had sued the publishers of the Sun newspaper after it said he had been violent toward former wife Amber Heard, 34. The newspaper also questioned his casting in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.