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Johnny Depp reaches settlement with City of Lies crew member who accused him of punching him in rage


Johnny Depp has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed against him by a crew member on the film City of Lies, who accused the actor of attacking him during production of the movie.

The actor, 59, has come to a legal accord with Greg ‘Rocky’ Brooks on a settlement Monday, according to The Hollywood Reporter, which reviewed court docs in the case.

Depp in the legal agreement agreed to comply with the settlement by the end of August, according to court docs, as the trial in the case would have begun later in July.

The latest: Johnny Depp, 59, has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed against him by a crew member on the film City of Lies, who accused the actor of attacking him during production of the movie. He was seen in court in Fairfax, Virginia in May

The latest: Johnny Depp, 59, has reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed against him by a crew member on the film City of Lies, who accused the actor of attacking him during production of the movie. He was seen in court in Fairfax, Virginia in May 

‘The settlement agreement conditions dismissal of this matter on the satisfactory completion of specified terms that are not to be performed within 45 days of the date of the settlement,’ according to court docs in the case. ‘A request for dismissal will be filed no later than 1/5/2023.’

Details of the settlement were not disclosed in court docs, and the case will move forward should Depp not follow through with the terms of the agreement.

Brooks initially filed suit against the actor in 2018, claiming that Depp in April of 2017 had punched him twice in the midsection, yelled at him and challenged him to hit him back offering $100,000. Brooks claimed that Depp smelled of alcohol in the exchange, and had consumed drugs on the set of the movie. Depp had denied the allegations.

Brooks said he was let go from the film when he would not agree to not sue Depp over the encounter.

Depp in the legal agreement agreed to comply with the settlement by the end of August, according to court docs, as the trial in the case would have begun later in July

Depp in the legal agreement agreed to comply with the settlement by the end of August, according to court docs, as the trial in the case would have begun later in July 

The crew member claimed that Depp in April of 2017 had punched him twice in the midsection, yelled at him and challenged him to hit him back offering $100,000

The crew member claimed that Depp in April of 2017 had punched him twice in the midsection, yelled at him and challenged him to hit him back offering $100,000

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.

Depp was represented by Camille Vasquez, who also represented him amid his high-profile defamation case against Amber Heard.

Depp in June was awarded more than $10 million in his libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 opinion piece she penned for The Washington Post in which she called herself a ‘public figure representing domestic abuse,’ but didn’t mention the actor’s name.

Depp was seen at the City of Lies premiere last September in France at the Deauville American Film Festival

Depp was seen at the City of Lies premiere last September in France at the Deauville American Film Festival

The film, which was released last year, cast Depp as an LAPD detective investigating the death of The Notorious B.I.G.

The film, which was released last year, cast Depp as an LAPD detective investigating the death of The Notorious B.I.G.

Depp in June was awarded more than $10 million in his libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Both were pictured in court in May in Virginia

Depp in June was awarded more than $10 million in his libel suit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Both were pictured in court in May in Virginia  

Much of the televised trial was centered around Heard’s claims Depp – who she wed in February of 2015 and filed for divorce from in May of 2016 – physically and sexually abused her, as she said he had attacked her on more than a dozen occasions. Depp denied that he ever hit Heard, saying that she had been abusive to him.

Depp had been awarded $15 million in damages, which was reduced by the judge to $10.4 million in accordance to state law limitations in regards to punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million by the jury for damages stemming from remarks made by a Depp lawyer that Heard had concocted a story and trashed an apartment she shared with Depp to make it look bad when authorities were summoned to the scene.

In the wake of the trial, Depp released a statement saying he was ‘truly humbled’ ad that the jury ‘gave [him his] life back’ with the verdict.

‘From the very beginning, the goal of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,’ he said. ‘Speaking the truth was something that I owed to my children and to all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing I have finally accomplished that.’

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