Helena Bonham Carter spoke openly about Johnny Depp’s well-being following his major legal victory over his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Bonham Carter was asked about Depp, who she co-starred in several films with, including “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” in 2015, “Corpse Bride” in 2005, “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” in 2007, and “Dark Shadows” in 2012.
According to Fox News, she told The Times about Depp:
“Oh, I think he’s completely vindicated. I think he’s fine now. Totally fine.”
She was quick to point out, however, that not everyone who is prosecuted legally and in the court of public opinion is guaranteed a smooth return to the spotlight.
“I don’t think there is for someone like Kevin Spacey.”
She clarified that she does not support the cancel culture and despises societal judgment.
“Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who if you looked closely enough at their personal life you would disqualify them. 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.”
She also defended “Harry Potter” creator and author J.K. Rowling, who has been chastised for comments about transgender people. She believed that many people admired Rowling’s success. In the “Harry Potter” series, Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange.
The netizens’ reactions to Bonham Carter’s support for Depp were mixed.
“I’m so disappointed in Helena Bonham Carter. Another actor who entertained us so much with their work and then turns out to be a dummie clown who is detached from reality and ignorant as hell.”
A Depp supporter wrote:
“Heard stans acting like Helena Bonham Carter hasn’t always supported Johnny Depp is just another reason why everything they post can’t be trusted. She spoke out in support of him in 2020, long before the world got to see Heard lie her ass off & hamming it up on the stand.”
A third user added:
“The pendulum is going to swing back so hard that it breaks off its hinges. Helena Bonham Carter is the GOAT #JusticeforJohnnyDepp.”
Both Depp and Heard had filed appeals against the June verdict. Depp appealed Heard’s counterclaim victory, claiming that the statement in Heard’s countersuit was made by his lawyer, Adam Waldman, not Depp.