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Helena Bonham Carter Defends J.K. Rowling’s Transphobia & Johnny Depp

Helena Bonham Carter and J.K. Rowling

Bonham Carter said Rowling "has been hounded."


British actor Helena Bonham Carter shared her opinions about both author J.K. Rowling and actor Johnny Depp in a recent interview with the U.K.'s Sunday Times Magazine, expressing support for both of them.

Bonham Carter, 56, said that Depp had been "completely vindicated" after his defamation trial against his ex-wife, out actor Amber Heard.

"I think he's fine now," Bonham Carter said. "Totally fine."

Depp won a suit against Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed on domestic violence. Heard did not name Depp in the article.

A jury awarded Depp over $10 million in damages, while Heard won one of her defamation counterclaims and was awarded $2 million.

Both Depp and Heard are appealing the decisions. Bonham Carter said that Heard "got on that pendulum" in reference to a question about the Depp decision being the "pendulum of #MeToo swinging back."

"That's the problem with these things -- that people will jump on the bandwagon because it's the trend and to be the poster girl for it," she said.

Bonham Carter and Depp have starred in a number of films together, including Corpse Bride and Sweeney Todd.

She also defended Rowling from critics who have condemned Rowling for her transphobic views and comments. Bonham Carter played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film franchise.

"It's horrendous, a load of bollocks. I think she has been hounded. It's been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She's allowed her opinion, particularly if she's suffered abuse," Bonham Carter told the paper.

In 2020, Rowling revealed she is a domestic abuse survivor 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 said. "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."

Bonham Carter's castmates and the stars of the Harry Potter films Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have all spoken out against Rowling's transphobia.

The actor said the three should let Rowling "have her opinions."

"Personally, I feel they should let her have her opinions, but I think they're very aware of protecting their own fan base and their generation," she said. "It's hard. One thing with the fame game is that there's an etiquette that comes with it; I don't agree with talking about other famous people."

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