According to reports, Johnny Depp, star of “Pirates of the Caribbean,” has settled a lawsuit brought by a member of the City of Lies cast who claimed the actor assaulted him when the movie was being made.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which looked through court records in the matter, the actor, 59, and Greg “Rocky” Brooks had reached a settlement.
According to court documents, Depp stipulated in the legal agreement that he would comply with the settlement by the end of August because the trial in the matter would have started later in July.
According to court documents in the case, “the settlement agreement conditions dismissal of this action on the satisfactory execution of specified obligations that are not to be executed within 45 days of the date of the settlement.” By 1/5/2023, a request for dismissal must be submitted.
In court documents, the settlement’s specifics were not mentioned.
Brooks initially filed a lawsuit against Depp in 2018, alleging that the actor had twice punched him in the midriff in April 2017, shouted at him, and offered to pay $100,000 if he hit back. According to Brooks, Depp smelled of alcohol during the conversation and used narcotics while filming the movie. Depp had disputed the charges.
Brooks said he was let go from the film when he would not agree to not sue Depp over the encounter.
Emma Danoff, who worked as the script supervisor for City of Lies, told the court in a declaration that Brooks’ account of the exchange was not accurate. Danoff said that she saw Brooks use racial epithets at a Black homeless woman during shooting, and Depp had reacted to it.
‘He immediately stood up from our shared seat on the edge of a planter bench and went over to Brooks to stand up for the woman,’ Danoff said in the court declaration. ‘Mr. Depp said to Mr. Brooks, “You can’t talk to her like that. You think she is something less than you? Who do you think you are? How dare you?”‘
Danoff said she had photographic proof that Depp did not punch Brooks.
The film, which was released last year, cast Depp as an LAPD detective investigating the death of The Notorious B.I.G.
Camille Vasquez, who also defended Depp in his well-known defamation case against Amber Heard, served as his legal counsel.
In his libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, Depp won more than $10 million in June. The dispute stemmed from an opinion piece Heard wrote for The Washington Post in 2018 in which she referred to herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse” but omitted to include the actor’s name.