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Helena Bonham Carter Defends Johnny Depp, J.K. Rowling

Helen Bonham Carter shares her thoughts on some of her controversial colleagues.


In a new interview with The Sunday times magazinesaid the actress, 56, that she believes Johnny Depwith whom she starred in numerous films has been “fully vindicated” following his six-week libel trial against Amber heard earlier this year.




“I think he’s doing well now,” said Bonham Carter, speaking to the publication after being named London Library’s first female president. “Very fine.”


Bonham Carter’s comments come months after a Virginia jury found that Heard, 36, defamed Depp, 59, in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed about domestic violence, although she did not mention her ex-husband in the article. Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages, and Heard won one of her defamation counterclaims, receiving $2 million. Both are appealing the verdicts.




Depp had previously lost one libel case against The sun newspaper after being described by the publication in 2018 as a “woman beater” – which a judge ruled was “substantially true” in a written statement issued through the UK Ministry of Justice.


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During her conversation with The Sunday timesBonham Carter added that she believes Heard was “sitting on that pendulum” when asked if Depp’s recent case was #MeToo’s “pendulum swinging back”.


“That’s the problem with these things — that people jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and the billboard for it,” Bonham Carter said.


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Elsewhere in her discussion, Bonham Carter also addressed the response to that Harry Potter author JK Rowling has faced in recent years.


The writer first came under fire in June 2020 when she seemed to support anti-transgender sentiment in a series of tweets. Although she denied that her views on feminism were transphobic, Rowling, 57, doubled down on her controversial views in a lengthy essay shared on her website days later.


“It’s horrible, a bunch of bullshit. I think she’s been rushed. It’s been taken to the extreme, people’s judgment. She’s allowed her opinion, especially when she’s a victim of abuse,” Bonham Carter said of Rowling, seemingly referring to Rowling’s 2020 reveal that she is a survivor of domestic violence and sexual assault.


“Everyone carries their own trauma history and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people are coming from and their pain,” she said. “You don’t have to all agree on everything – that would be insane and boring. She doesn’t mean it aggressively, she’s just saying something from her own experience.”


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Other Potter stars, incl Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grintto have each spoke out against Rowling’s much-criticized comments about the transgender community.


“Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they are not who they say they are,” Watson, 32, wrote on Twitter in June 2020. “I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”


When asked if she felt her castmates were “ungrateful,” Bonham Carter disagreed. “I won’t say that. Personally I think they should give her her opinion, but I think they are very conscious of protecting their own fanbase and their generation,” she said. “It’s hard. One thing about the fame game is there’s etiquette involved; I don’t agree with talking about other famous people.”


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