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Numerous months immediately after Johnny Depp received his defamation demo against his ex-spouse Amber Read, he confronted an additional court docket fight — a continuing in excess of an alleged assault on the set of his movie Metropolis of Lies. Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, a crew member, sued the actor in July 2018. Brooks claimed Depp punched him around a production dispute the yr prior. When Brooks returned to established a number of times right after, a producer allegedly questioned him to signal paperwork promising he wouldn’t sue. Brooks alleged he was axed after refusing to do so. Brooks claimed he “suffered physical pain and emotional and psychological personal injury, all of which have brought about and proceed to bring about [him] psychological and emotional distress.” He taken care of that Depp’s steps were “willful and malicious and was meant to oppress and induce injury” to him. Depp denied these allegations. The civil demo for Brooks’s lawsuit against Depp was scheduled to start in Los Angeles Excellent Court on July 25, 2022, for a trial. Nevertheless, on July 11, 2022, courtroom papers had been submitted indicating that the two sides had achieved a settlement.
Here’s what you will need to know about the Brooks-Depp authorized drama.
As location manager for the Los Angeles–set Town of Lies, Brooks was liable for creating absolutely sure generation took location for the duration of the hours necessary by city filming permits. On April 13, 2017, filming permits let them shoot from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. at the Barclay Hotel the crew had to wrap outside the house the area at 7 p.m. and inside at 10 p.m. One particular of the producers requested Brooks if he could seek out an extension to accommodate the needs of creation and Depp, “who wanted to immediate two good friends in an expanded variation of the scene previously scheduled for the working day.” Brooks did so, and when it was clear they would will need one more extension, he obtained one particular with a midnight cutoff inside the resort. Close to 10:50 that evening, the on-scene film-allow watch asked Brooks to inform an assistant director time was operating out. In reaction, the assistant director allegedly shot back again, “Why really don’t you explain to that to Johnny Depp?,” knowing Depp “would not be joyful about the restriction.” Because Depp was not the director, Brooks experienced no rationale to explain to him, but he did so anyway, “feeling he experienced no alternative but to do as he was instructed.”
Brooks was anxious about what may well happen, and “knowing Depp may perhaps turn out to be upset and sensation the have to have to protect himself, [he] started approaching the nearby, on-established [police] officer Jim ‘Big’ Rigg to get his aid in relaying the information to Depp,” for every his lawsuit. Brooks did not make it to Rigg in time. Depp arrived about and “began attacking him,” screaming, “WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU? YOU HAVE NO Proper TO Explain to ME WHAT TO DO!,” court docket papers claimed. Brooks managed that he stayed calm and collected and spelled out that it was his work to make certain creation adopted allow prerequisites these kinds of as timing.
Depp did not tranquil down, Brooks alleged, and screamed, “WHO THE FUCK ARE YOU? YOU HAVE NO Right TO Inform ME WHAT TO DO!” Whilst Depp was yelling at Brooks, he “angrily and forcefully punched Plaintiff twice in the decreased remaining side of his rib cage and causing soreness.” Brooks insisted that he retained his cool — and that this upset Depp even a lot more. The actor allegedly yelled “I WILL GIVE YOU A person HUNDRED THOUSAND Dollars TO PUNCH ME IN THE Deal with Right NOW!” Brooks did not punch Depp in the encounter. Depp kept screaming and berating Brooks in entrance of the crew until eventually Depp’s “own bodyguards physically eradicated [him] from the scene.” As this allegedly unfolded, Brooks claimed Depp’s breath “smelled of alcohol.” Brooks claimed he was “informed” and thought Depp had been drinking and employing prescription drugs on established that working day, for every court docket papers.
Nope — Brooks returned to the set quite a few times later on. A producer requested him to publish and signal a statement promising he wouldn’t sue the production. When Brooks refused, “his companies ended up terminated promptly,” according to the lawsuit. Brooks’s lawsuit claimed assault and battery, intentional infliction of psychological distress, carelessness, hostile do the job atmosphere, wrongful termination, and retaliation.
In courtroom paperwork submitted on August 15, 2018, Depp denied anything. It receives weirder, however. Depp’s attorneys mentioned Brooks couldn’t sue for the reason that of the “doctrine of self-defense/defense of some others.” Depp claimed Brooks “provoked the alleged altercation.” He also claimed Brooks engaged in “unlawful and wrongful perform,” indicating he “willfully and maliciously acted out and performed his actions in this kind of a fashion as to result in Defendant Depp to concern for his safety” and the protection of director Brad Furman. Depp’s group claimed Brooks’s allegations could not stand for the reason that the alleged incident was brought about by his “own carelessness, recklessness and/or carelessness in the issues complained of in the Grievance.”
Depp’s effective defamation scenario against Read involved an allegation that she defamed him in a Washington Article op-ed. Brooks’s lawsuit involved an assault allegation in opposition to Depp. In accordance to a report in the U.K. paper The Sunshine, Brooks’s lawyer was not specially concerned about the Depp-Read verdict when a demo was however on the desk. “While we regard the jury’s conclusion, it has no relevance to Mr. Brooks’ situation in Los Angeles,” the legal professional, Paul Harris, reportedly reported. “Brooks’ circumstance is not about two Hollywood famous people associated in a poisonous romance.” According to The Sunshine, Harris ongoing, “It is about the assault of a tricky-performing movie crew member by the star of the manufacturing. Mr. Brooks appears to be forward to his working day in courtroom.”
The assault case is a civil issue, so it does not entail felony proceedings. Depp hasn’t been billed with a crime for the alleged assault, so he’s not facing time driving bars.
Attorneys in the case filed paperwork on July 11, 2022, indicating they had reached a settlement agreement. By reaching a settlement just before trial, this suggests they arrived to an arrangement about how to deal with Brooks’s fit with no acquiring to go in advance of a jury.
Really significantly nothing at all at this level other than the actuality that it occurred. The paperwork says, “This entire situation has been settled.”
Depp’s rep did not remark on the settlement. Brooks’s attorneys did not right away answer to a ask for for comment.