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Last week, Johnny Depp’s libel case against The Sun dramatically ended in the UK. The long of the short of it is that Depp tried to sue the publication for branding him as a “wife-beater”, in which the judge ruled the publication’s claims to be “substantially true”. In turn, the actor whom was already proving to be controversial during his divorce with Amber Heard, has shattered his career on the silver screen.

Taking to Instagram over the weekend, Johnny Depp published a statement on Instagram announcing he would not return to the Fantastic Beasts franchise.

“I wish to let you know I have been asked to resign by Warner Bros. from my role as Grindelwald in Fantastic Beasts and I have respected and agreed to that request,” Depp writes. He continues, “The surreal judgement of the court in the U.K. will not change my fight to tell the truth, and I confirm that I plan to appeal. 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.”

JK Rowling was under fire during 2017 for the casting of Johnny Depp while a statement from the author has not been released. A replacement for Grindelwald has not yet been announced. Stay tuned.