Actor Johnny Depp has landed himself in another legal trouble. The Pirates of Carribean actor has been accused of punching a location manager. The man, identified as Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, said the incident happened when he was trying to enforce permit restrictions on the sets of upcoming crime film City of Lies.
On Monday, Brooks said that the incident occurred on 13 April 2017 when Depp was filming outside the Barclay Hotel downtown here.
According to the suit, the production had a permit to shoot until 7 pm outside the hotel, and until 10 pm inside. Brooks said he was asked to get the permit extended to accommodate Depp, who wanted to direct a longer version of the scene with two friends. Brooks said he was able to get the permit extended twice, but at 11 pm, the permit official said they would have to wrap it up.
Brooks said when he told the director, Brad Furman, that shooting would have to be stopped, Furman allegedly replied, “Why don’t you tell that to Johnny Depp?”
Brooks alleged he went to get an on-set police officer to help him break the news to Depp, but before he could do so, Depp accosted him, yelling, “Who the f*** are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!”
Brooks claimed he tried to make Depp understand that as location manager, he had to make sure the production was in compliance with the city permits. To which the actor allegedly answered, “I don’t give a f*** who you are and you can’t tell me what to do.”
While screaming at Brooks, Depp allegedly punched him twice in the lower left side of his rib cage. The managers also added that Depp yelled, “I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now!”
Depp’s bodyguards reportedly had to intercede to keep him away from Brooks, according to the suit. Brooks alleged he could smell alcohol on Depp’s breath, reports variety.com.
Brooks said he was fired from the production three days later when he refused to sign a release waiving his right to sue over the incident.
-With IANS inputs