Johnny Depp has officially been asked by Warner Bros to resign from his role in the Fantastic Beasts movies after his abuse case with Amber Heard came to light.

According to a ruling from the High Court in London, England, it was concluded that Depp beat his ex-wife Amber Heard 12 out of 14 times, which began in 2014 when he slapped her after a comment about his tattoo.

The judge also concluded that Depp had been abusive towards his wife after slipping into a destructive persona following the consumption of alcohol and drugs.

Violence included choking, being hit repeatedly and getting pushed to the ground. However, Depp had described the allegations as a hoax, providing evidence for over 20 hours at High Court.

A post on Depp’s Instagram today reads: ‘In light of recent events, I would like to make the following short statement.

‘Firstly, I’d 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.

‘Secondly, I wish to let you know that 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.

‘Finally, I wish to say this. 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.

‘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.’

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