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The sea has still not calmed down for Johnny Depp.
The ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star has a trial scheduled in Los Angeles in July for allegedly punching a staff member on the set of ‘City of Lies’ – and the actor could testify in his own defense, according to court documents .
The new proceedings come nearly two months after Depp, 58, won a major victory in his marathon libel lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
The jury found in favor of Depp on all of his claims and awarded him $10.35 million, dismissing Heard’s claims that he physically and sexually assaulted her.
The panel awarded the “Aquaman” actress $2 million in her countersuit, finding that a single statement made to the press by Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, was defamatory.
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The next civil trial in Los Angeles Superior Court is scheduled for July 25 and stems from Gregg “Rocky” Brooks’ July 2018 lawsuit against Depp, accusing the actor of getting angry and hitting him. twice on the left side of his rib cage in front of the crew.
A list of witnesses identifies a group of familiar figures — Depp, his sister Christi Debrowski, his bodyguard Sean Bett, Waldman and business manager Ed White — who all testified at the defamation trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
The altercation with Brooks occurred in April 2017 after Depp was told the crew had to stop filming a scene at 11 p.m. due to permit restrictions. Brooks, as site manager, was responsible for ensuring that production was shut down at the appropriate time.
The complaint alleges that Depp went insane and berated Brooks, shouting in his face, “Who the hell are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!”
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Brooks said he calmly attempted to explain the permit issue, but to no avail, according to the filing. “I don’t care who you are, and you can’t tell me what to do!” Depp would have cursed before hitting the manager.
The ‘Black Mass’ actor allegedly told Brooks he would give him $100,000 if he punched him in the face, according to the lawsuit. Brooks refused, and Depp’s security guard reportedly kicked the actor out.
Brooks said the film was well over budget and the atmosphere on set was “toxic” and tense.
In the film, Depp plays a retired LAPD detective investigating the deaths of rappers Tupac Shakur and The Notorious BIG.
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The Monday following the alleged battery, Brooks said he was fired after refusing to sign a document stating he would not sue the production company. He also accused Depp of blackballing him from the industry.
Depp’s attorney, Camille Vasquez, who gained her own fan base after her vicious cross-examination of Heard, could return to the courtroom to defend the actor in the civil lawsuit. She is listed as his attorney in the case, as is his colleague Ben Chew.
During a deposition, Depp admitted to scolding Brooks for allegedly yelling at an elderly homeless woman who got in his way while filming outside the Barclays Hotel in Los Angeles, but denied having it never hit.
“His words were with a lot of anger and bitterness and – you know, there was a lot of poison in there. Depp said of Brooks. “I do not tolerate injustice.”
Brooks admitted that later that night he and Depp “kissed” and then the actor posed for a selfie with him. The stage manager posted the photo of the smiling couple on his Facebook page and only took it down after filing the lawsuit, he said in a deposition.
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Brooks is seeking an unspecified sum in damages in the personal injury lawsuit that also names the film’s producer Miriam Segal, director Brad Furman, Depp’s production company Infinitum Nihil and Good Film Productions. Brooks alleges assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence and other claims.
Depp has denied all of Brooks’ allegations. Brooks’ attorneys, Arbella Azizian and Pat Harris, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.