The Jakarta Post
Johnny Depp poses at the Royal Albert Hall in west London on Nov. 2, 2017. A crew member sued Depp after the actor allegedly punched him on a film set. (AFP/Tolga Akmen)
According to a report by Time, a crew member is suing Johnny Depp after the actor allegedly punched him twice on the set of a new Notorious B.I.G. film.
In the lawsuit, location manager Greg “Rocky” Brooks also said he was fired from the production after ignoring demands not to sue after the altercation. He is also suing the film’s director and producers for unspecified damages.
During the filming of City of Lies, in which Depp plays a Los Angeles Police detective investigating the still-unsolved 1997 death of rapper Notorious B.I.G., Brooks reportedly informed director Brad Furman that the upcoming take featuring Depp would have to be the last outdoor shot of the night, due to legal permits.
Brooks then said Furman made Brooks tell Depp himself. This then led to Depp, who Brooks say smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated, shouting at the crew member and “angrily and forcefully” punching him twice in the rib cage.
“I will give you US$100,000 to punch me in the face right now!” Depp reportedly yelled in response to Brooks’ lack of reaction before the actor’s bodyguards pulled him away.
The lawsuit states that Brook returned to work on Monday, only to be faced with a declaration from a producer saying he would not sue over the incident. Brooks says he was fired on the spot when he refused to sign it.
“Brooks suffered humiliation, wrongful termination and physical and mental pain from the incident,” reads the lawsuit. “The filmmakers should have known that Depp was using alcohol and drugs and was a threat to the well-being of others on the set.”
Depp is no stranger to court battles over physical altercations. In 2017, Depp divorced from then-wife Amber Heard, who accused him of verbal and physical abuse. (sul/wng)