Johnny Depp resigns from Fantastic Beasts after ruling he assaulted Amber Heard

Johnny Depp said he has been asked to resign from the Fantastic Beasts film as he criticised the "surreal judgement" against him in his High Court libel case.

The actor said he plans to appeal against the ruling which concluded that he assaulted ex-wife Amber Heard.

The 57-year-old sued The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers (NGN), over a 2018 article which labelled him a "wife beater".

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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 28, 2020 file photo, American actor Johnny Depp, waves as he leaves after the end of the trial at the High Court in London. The UK High Court has ruled against Johnny Depp in his libel suit against the owner of the Sun newpaper over wife-beating allegation, it was reported on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)
FILE - In this file photo dated Tuesday, July 28, 2020, US Actress Amber Heard, former wife of actor Johnny Depp, arrives at the High Court in London. Britain’s judicial office said Tuesday Oct. 27, 2020, that judge Andrew Nicol will deliver his verdict in writing on Nov. 2, ruling on whether Johnny Depp was libelled by a tabloid newspaper that accused him of assaulting his then wife Amber Heard. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, FILE)
In this court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook, actress Amber Heard being being cross-examined by Eleanor Laws QC as she gives evidence at the High Court in London, Tuesday July 21, 2020. Amber Heard took to the witness box for her second day giving evidence in Depp’s libel case against a British tabloid over allegations of domestic violence. The Hollywood star strongly denies abusing Heard. (Elizabeth Cook via PA via AP)
Photo by: KGC-158/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 7/28/20 Johnny Depp departs The Royal Courts Of Justice on the final day of his libel case. (London, England, UK)
Photo by: KGC-158/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 7/28/20 Amber Heard is seen giving a statement outside The Royal Courts Of Justice on the final day of Johnny Depp's libel case. (London, England, UK)
A brown envelope containing a bandana and a handwritten note from actor Johnny Depp, given to supporters, at the High Court, on the final day of hearings in his libel case, in London, Tuesday July 28, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a "wife-beater." The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by ex wife Ambere Heard of Depp's violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
Photo by: KGC-182/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 7/28/20 Amber Heard and her attorney Jennifer Robinson are seen in Soho following the conclusion of a three week libel trial against Amber's former husband Johnny Depp. (London, England, UK)
Photo by: KGC-158/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 7/28/20 Johnny Depp departs The Royal Courts Of Justice on the final day of his libel case. (London, England, UK)
Actor Johnny Depp, centre, receives flowers as he arrives at the High Court for a hearing in his libel case, in London, Friday, July 24, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a "wife-beater." The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard of Depp's violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Kirsty O'Connor/PA via AP)
Actor Johnny Depp, second right, arrives at the High Court for a hearing in his libel case, in London, Friday, July 24, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a "wife-beater." The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard of Depp's violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court for a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case, in London, Friday, July 24, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a "wife-beater." The Sun's defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp's violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
London, UK - 22 July 2020 Johnny Depp attends libel trial against the Sun at The Royal Courts of Justice. CAP/JOR ©JOR/Capital Pictures / MediaPunch /IPX
London, UK - 22 July 2020 Amber Heard attends libel trial against the Sun at The Royal Courts of Justice. CAP/JOR ©JOR/Capital Pictures / MediaPunch /IPX
Photo by: KGC-158/STAR MAX/IPx 2020 7/21/20 Johnny Depp seen arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice for a 11th day of his Libel Trial in London.
London, UK - 20 July 2020: ***NORTH AMERICA ONLY*** Amber Heard attends libel trial against The Sun, a tabloid newspaper, at The Royal Courts of Justice. Credit: JOR/Capital Pictures /MediaPunch /IPX
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London, Monday, July 20, 2020. Amber Heard started Monday to give evidence at the High Court in London as part of Johnny Depp’s libel case against The Sun over allegations of domestic violence during the couple's relationship. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
London, UK - 20 July 2020 ***NORTH AMERICAS ONLY*** Johnny Depp attends libel trial against the Sun tabloid newspaper at The Royal Courts of Justice in London, England. CAP/GOL ©GOL/Capital Pictures /MediaPunch /IPX
London, UK - 20 July 2020 ***NORTH AMERICAS ONLY*** Johnny Depp attends libel trial against the Sun tabloid newspaper at The Royal Courts of Justice in London, England. CAP/GOL ©GOL/Capital Pictures /MediaPunch /IPX
Actor Johnny Depp gestures as he arrives at the High Court to give evidence in his libel case, in London, Wednesday July 15, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” The Sun’s defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Amber Heard of Depp’s violence. He strongly denies all of them. ( Jonathan Brady/PA via AP)
Actress Amber Heard gestures as she arrives at the High Court for a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case, in London, Wednesday July 15, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” The Sun’s defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Dominic Lipinski/PA via AP)
Actress Amber Heard, centre, arrives at the High Court for a hearing in Johnny Depp's libel case against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, in London, Tuesday July 14, 2020. Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” The Sun’s defense relies on a total of 14 allegations by Heard of Depp’s violence. He strongly denies all of them. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
Actress Amber Heard, center, leaves the High Court in London, Monday, July 13, 2020. Johnny Depp accused Amber Heard of hitting him with a “haymaker” punch during an altercation near the end of their volatile marriage, as the star wrapped up testimony in his libel suit against a British tabloid newspaper that accused him of domestic abuse. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
American actor Johnny Depp poses for the media as he arrives at the High Court in London, Monday, July 13, 2020. Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
American actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Monday, July 13, 2020. Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Actor Johnny Depp, second left, leaves the High Court in London, Monday, July 13, 2020. Depp accused Amber Heard of hitting him with a “haymaker” punch during an altercation near the end of their volatile marriage, as the star wrapped up testimony in his libel suit against a British tabloid newspaper that accused him of domestic abuse. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
American actor Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Monday, July 13, 2020. Depp is expected to wrap up his evidence at his libel trial against a tabloid newspaper that accused him of abusing ex-wife Amber Heard. The Hollywood star is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that called him a “wife-beater.” (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
Johnny Depp arrives at the High Court in London, Thursday, July 9, 2020. Johnny Depp is back in the witness box for a third day at the trial of his libel suit against a tabloid newspaper that called him a “wife-beater.” Depp is suing News Group Newspapers, publisher of The Sun, and the paper’s executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he’d physically abused ex-wife Amber Heard.  He strongly denies ever hitting Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Actress Amber Heard arrives at the High Court in London, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. Johnny Depp is facing a second day of cross-examination by lawyers for British tabloid The Sun, which is defending a libel claim after calling the Hollywood star a "wife beater." Depp is suing The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers, and its executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an April 2018 article that said he'd been abusive to ex-wife Amber Heard. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Actor Johnny Depp leaves the High Court in London, Tuesday, July 7, 2020. The libel case by Depp against a British tabloid newspaper started Tuesday over a 2018 article that branded him violent and abusive to then-wife Amber Heard. Depp strongly denies the claim. (Aaron Chown/PA via AP)
LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 28: Amber Heard departs from the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 28, 2020 in London, England. Hollywood Actor Johnny Depp is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a "wife beater" during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
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Depp wrote on Instagram: "My resolve remains strong and I intend to prove that the allegations against me are false.

"My life and career will not be defined by this moment in time."

He added: "The surreal judgement of the court in the UK will not change my fight to tell the truth and I confirm that I plan to appeal."

Depp said he had been "asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected that and agreed to that request".

He added he would like to thank "everybody who has gifted me with their support and loyalty".

"I have been humbled and moved by your many messages of love and concern, particularly over the last few days," he added.

A statement from Warner Bros said: "Johnny Depp will depart the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

"We thank Johnny for his work on the films to date.

"Fantastic Beasts 3 is currently in production and the role of Gellert Grindelwald will be recast."

The film is due for release in 2022.

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