Film Fridays – Johnny Depp sued for allegedly punching film crew member

Johnny Depp’s legal entanglements grew by one on Friday, when a man filed suit against the actor, saying that Depp punched him during the filming of a movie last year.

In the suit, filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Gregg “Rocky” Brooks says that he was working as a location manager on one of Depp’s films last year when things got ugly during a shoot at the Barclay Hotel in downtown Los Angeles.

According to the suit, permits for the shoot initially allowed for exterior shooting at the hotel until 7 p.m. and inside the hotel until 10 p.m. An extension was granted, and at 10:50 p.m. they were asked to make the current shot the last exterior shot of the night. Brooks says that he was told to instruct Depp of the request, but wanted an on-set LAPD officer to assist him in doing so because he knew Depp “may become upset.” Before he could enlist the officer’s help, however, Brooks’ suit says that Depp accosted Plaintiff and began attacking him, angrily screaming in his face ‘WHO THE F— ARE YOU? YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO!’”

The lawsuit also says Depp said, “I DON’T GIVE A F— WHO YOU ARE AND YOU CAN’T TELL ME WHAT TO DO!”

According to the complaint, Depp also “angrily and forcefully punched Plaintiff twice in the lower left side of his rib cage and causing pain.”

When Brooks maintained his composure, the suit says, Depp yelled that he would give Brooks $100,000 to punch him in the face. According to the suit, Brooks still didn’t react, and Depp’s bodyguards physically removed the actor from the scene.

– Excerpt from an article written by Tim Kenneally for The Wrap. Find the full article here

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