Helena Bonham Carter voices help for JK Rowling and Johnny Depp



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Helena Bonham Carter is coming to the protection of two fellow members of the “Harry Potter” universe.

The actress, who performed Bellatrix Lestrange in 4 of the “Harry Potter” movies, spoke up in help of each writer J.Okay. Rowling and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” star Johnny Depp in a brand new interview revealed within the Instances of London.

Addressing the controversy round views Rowling has expressed which were criticized by some as transphobic, Bonham Carter known as the backlash “horrendous.”

“I think she has been hounded,” she stated. “It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people.”

Bonham Carter went on to say that the writer of “Harry Potter” is “allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse.”

In a 2020 essay revealed on her web site, Rowling disclosed she is a home abuse and sexual assault survivor.

“Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma, and you have to respect where people come from and their pain,” Bonham Carter stated. “You don’t all have to agree on everything – that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.”

The “Fight Club” actress additionally addressed points surrounding actor Johnny Depp, who performed Grindelwald in two “Harry Potter” spinoff movies, together with 2018’s “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald.”

Bonham Carter, who has labored with Depp in a number of initiatives over time, stated she considers Depp “completely vindicated” after his defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this 12 months, by which each Depp and Heard had been discovered responsible of defamation of each other.

The jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million {dollars} in punitive damages, whereas they awarded Heard $2 million in compensatory damages and no cash for punitive damages.

Depp sued Heard for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Put up by which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Although Depp was not named within the article, he claims it price him profitable performing roles. Heard countersued her ex-husband for defamation over statements Depp’s lawyer made about her abuse claims.

“People will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl for it,” Bonham Carter informed the Instances of Heard and the #MeToo motion.

She additionally addressed cancel tradition, saying, “You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding.”

CNN has reached out to representatives for Bonham Carter, Depp and Rowling for remark.