A crewmember on Johnny Depp's "City of Lies" movie is suing the star for allegedly flying into a rage on set and punching him, according to new court documents obtained by Oxygen.com.
Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, a location manager for the film, filed suit against Depp, accusing the actor of attacking him after Brooks denied a request to extend a film shoot past the hours on the permit, according to a complaint filed Friday in California Superior Court.
A lawyer for Brooks, Arbella Azizian, told Oxygen.com she hopes the lawsuit will send a message to anyone thinking they can get away with mistreating crew members on-set.
“It’s a matter of making sure people stay safe on set,” Azizian told Oxygen.com. “This is not acceptable conduct, and we want Depp to be held accountable for his behavior.”
The movie is a biopic about the detective investigating the murders of Biggie Smalls and Tupac Shakur.
In addition to Depp — who stars in the film as LAPD detective Russell Poole — the suit names director Brad Furman, producer Miriam Segel, the film company Good Films, and Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil, according to court documents.
The trouble began during a shoot at the Barclay Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles on April 13, 2017, when Segel, the producer, approached Brooks about extending the shoot so that Depp could direct two friends in an expanded version of the scene, the complaint alleges.
Brooks managed to get two extensions for the permit, but by about 10:50 p.m. that night it became clear they wouldn’t have enough time to wrap up everything, and when Brooks let the director, Brad Furman know, Furman told Brooks to tell Depp himself, according to court documents.
Brooks said he knew Depp would react badly, and tried to enlist the help of an on-set LAPD officer, but before he could shore up his backup, a furious Depp came over, his breath “reeking of alcohol," the complaint alleges.
“Who the f--- do you think you are?” screamed the Oscar-nominated actor, according to court documents. “I don’t give a f--- who you are, and you can’t tell me what to do!”
While screaming at Brooks, Depp threw two sharp punches into the location manager’s ribcage, the complaint said. When Brooks refused to respond violently, the bristling thespian grew still angrier, offering Brooks a financial incentive to hit back, according to the complaint.
“I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now,” Depp, 55, allegedly said, as his bodyguards physically restrained him and hustled him off the set.
Brooks also alleged that he believes Depp had been drinking and doing drugs throughout the day, according to the complaint.
The following Monday, Segel asked Brooks to sign a document saying he wouldn’t sue the film company, according to the complaint.
When Brooks refused, he alleged he was fired immediately.
Representatives of Good Films and Infinitum Nihil did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Brooks’ lawsuit is only the most recent legal trouble Depp is facing, coming on the heels of of a lawsuit by two bodyguards who earlier this year accused Depp of not paying wages and creating a “toxic” work environment, according to Deadline Hollywood.