A crew member on the upcoming crime film City of Lies filed a lawsuit on Friday, July 6, that claims the actor physically and verbally assaulted him on set in Los Angeles in April 2017, according to court documents obtained by Us Weekly.
He claims Depp - starring as retired LAPD detective Russell Poole, who worked on both 1990s rap star murders - requested an extension of the permit so that he could direct two of his friends in an extended version of the scene the crew was filming that day.
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Mr. Furman states that Depp "respects other artists", and while movie sets become stressful and take a lot of work, there simply "isn't one (a story) here", as much as Brooks would like there to be. Before Rocky could even reach the cops, Johnny attacked him and began screaming "who the f*** are you?" According to the lawsuit - filed by Baker, Olson, LeCroy & Danielian - Rocky was concerned about Depp's volatility and went to get an LAPD officer for protection. When he failed to get a reaction from Brooks, Depp allegedly screamed, "I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now". A bodyguard had to remove him from the area when he refused to stop the confrontation, with Brooks explained that his breath stank of alcohol during the ordeal.
The suit is for unspecified damages. "You have no right to tell me what to do!"
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Brad Furman, the director, responded to the allegations in a statement to Page Six, where he referred to the claims as "exaggerated", and described Depp as a "consummate professional", as well as a "great collaborator".
Brooks also claims that he was sacked from the film after he refused to sign a waiver relinquishing his right to sue. The movie is set to open September 7 from Global Road Entertainment.
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Messages left seeking comment with representatives for Depp and the production company Good Films Productions were not immediately returned.