Johnny Depp has settled a lawsuit from an alleged assault that involved a crew member on the set of his 2018 crime thriller, City of Lies.
Depp and Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, a location manager who worked on set with the actor, reached a settlement just weeks before they were set to go to a civil trial in Los Angeles on July 25, per court documents.
Johnny Depp Reaches Settlement with City of Lies Crew Member Who Accused Actor of Punching Him
As Depp, 59, and Brooks settled the suit Monday, judge Holly J. Fujie agreed to put off the upcoming trial until Jan. 5 next year.
And while the filing did not publicly reveal the specific things Depp must do in order to fulfill his end of the agreement, if he complies, the case will be dismissed.
The alleged altercation between Depp and Brooks occurred on April 13, 2017.
Brooks alleged the actor became angry when Brooks told him they only had one more shot while filming a scene in City of Lies, and Brooks sought out an LAPD officer for protection, in court documents.
Brooks said in the complaint that Depp followed him and allegedly punched him twice in the ribs after screaming, “Who the f— are you? You have no right to tell me what to do.”
The location manager alleged in the complaint that Depp said he’d give him “$100,000 to punch me in the face right now” after Brooks didn’t react to the punches. The location manager went on to reveal that Depp was eventually removed from the set by his bodyguards.
Brooks said he returned to work the following Monday and was asked by a producer to write and sign a declaration saying he would not sue over the incident. Brooks says he refused and was fired on the spot.
The settlement comes nearly two months after his high-profile defamation trial with ex-wife Amber Heard over her 2018 op-ed about coming forward with domestic abuse allegations.
The jury awarded Depp with $15 million in damages however, Heard will only have to pay $10.35 million due to a cap on punitive damages in Virginia as the judge reduced the amount.
In regards to Heard’s countersuit brought against Depp, he was found to have defamed her on one of three claims. She was awarded $2 million in damages.
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