Helena Bonham Carter Says Johnny Depp Is 'Completely Vindicated,' J.K. Rowling Has Been 'Hounded'

Helena Bonham Carter is sharing her thoughts surrounding some of her controversial peers.

In a new interview with The Sunday Times Magazine, the actress, 56, said she believes Johnny Depp, who she has starred alongside in numerous films, has been "completely vindicated" following his six-week defamation trial against Amber Heard earlier this year.

"I think he's fine now," Bonham Carter, who spoke to the publication after being named the first female president of the London Library, said. "Totally 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, though she didn't name her ex-husband in the article. Depp was awarded more than $10 million in damages, and Heard won one of her defamation counterclaims and was awarded $2 million. They are both appealing the verdicts.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Johnny Depp attends a SiriusXM’s Town Hall alongside Jeff Beck in support of their album '18'on October 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Helena Bonham Carter attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage); LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: J. K. Rowling attends the "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" World Premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - OCTOBER 12: Johnny Depp attends a SiriusXM’s Town Hall alongside Jeff Beck in support of their album '18'on October 12, 2022 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for SiriusXM); LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Helena Bonham Carter attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage); LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: J. K. Rowling attends the "Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore" World Premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Neil Mockford/FilmMagic)

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Depp had previously lost a libel case against The Sun newspaper after being described as a "wife-beater" by the publication in 2018 — which a judge ruled was "substantially true" in a written statement delivered through the UK Ministry of Justice.

Premium Mandatory Credit: Photo by Richard Young/Shutterstock (723289cf) Helena Bonham Carter and Johnny Depp 'Sweeney Todd - The Demon Barber of Fleet Street' Film Premiere, London, Britain - 10 Jan 2008
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During her discussion with The Sunday Times, Bonham Carter added that she believes Heard "got on that pendulum" when she was asked if Depp's recent case was 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," Bonham Carter said.

US actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 19, 2022. - Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. (Photo by JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)
US actor Johnny Depp testifies during his defamation trial in the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on April 19, 2022. - Depp is suing ex-wife Amber Heard for libel after she wrote an op-ed piece in The Washington Post in 2018 referring to herself as a public figure representing domestic abuse. (Photo by JIM WATSON / POOL / AFP) (Photo by JIM WATSON/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

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Elsewhere in her discussion, Bonham Carter also addressed the backlash that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has faced in recent years.

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

"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 said of Rowling, seemingly referring to Rowling's 2020 revelation that she's a domestic 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," she 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."

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Helena Bonham Carter attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 19: Helena Bonham Carter attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

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Other Potter stars, including Daniel RadcliffeEmma Watson and Rupert Grint, have each spoke out against Rowling's much-criticized remarks regarding the transgender community.

"Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren't 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 cast mates were "ungrateful," Bonham Carter disagreed. "I won't say that. 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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