Johnny Depp will not appear in court later this month after his lawyers reached a settlement with a City of Lies crew member who claims the actor punched him on set in 2017.
Depp was scheduled to attend a civil trial in Los Angeles on July 25, less than two months after winning his libel battle in a Virginia courtroom against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, a location manager, sued Depp in 2018, claiming that Depp became angry after Brooks told him they would have to stop filming for the night.
According to the lawsuit, the production had a permit to shoot at the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles, but the permit expired at 10 p.m. Depp later wanted to leave to get a longer version of a scene and Brooks was able to get two extensions. But at 11pm he was told he had to close it.
Brooks first informed director Brad Furman, who replied, “Why don’t you tell that to Johnny Depp?”
Brooks tried to get a police officer to help him break the news, after which Depp started yelling, “Who the hell are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!” the lawsuit reads.
According to the lawsuit, Depp punched Brooks twice in the lower chest. Brooks claimed Depp had alcohol on his breath and yelled, “I’ll give you $100,000 to smack me in the face now!”
The case was set for a final status conference ahead of Tuesday’s trial. The settlement decision was served on the judge on Monday. The lawsuit is expected to be dismissed once the settlement is finalized. No terms were announced.
Depp was represented by Camille Vasquez, the attorney who became popular among Depp’s fans after questioning Heard in the defamation trial.
https://variety.com/2022/film/news/johnny-depp-punch-crew-member-city-lies-settlement-1235314076/ Johnny Depp settles lawsuit with City of Lies crew member