LOS ANGELES — Months after a director denied that Johnny Depp attacked a film crew member, the actor is being sued for the alleged assault. Location manager Greg "Rocky" Brooks says in a lawsuit that Depp twice punched him on the Los Angeles set of a movie about the killing of the Notorious B.I.G., and that Brooks was fired from the production when he refused to promise not to sue over the incident.
Brooks is also suing the film's director and producers for unspecified damages in the lawsuit filed Friday in Los Angeles County Superior Court.
In the movie, "City of Lies," set for U.S. release Sept. 7, the 55-year-old Depp plays a Los Angeles police detective who for years investigated the still-unsolved 1997 death of the rapper Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, whose real name is Christopher Wallace.
Brooks alleges that in April 2017, when the film was shooting under the title "Labyrinth" in and around the Barclay Hotel in downtown L.A., he informed the director Brad Furman that an upcoming take featuring Depp would have to be the last outdoor shot of the night because of legal permits.
The lawsuit says Furman forced Brooks to go beyond his duties and tell Depp himself that shooting had to end. Brooks said he was seeking out the off-duty sheriff's deputy serving as set security when Depp found him first.
Brooks said Depp smelled of alcohol and appeared intoxicated as he shouted obscenities then "angrily and forcefully" punched Brooks twice in the ribcage. In May, a source told Page Six that thein his ribs, but did not make an impact.
Depp then yelled "I will give you one hundred thousand dollars to punch me in the face right now!" at Brooks when he showed little reaction, according to the lawsuit, before the actor's bodyguards pulled him away.
Brooks said he returned to work the following Monday and was asked by a producer to write and sign a declaration saying he wouldn't sue over the incident. Brooks says he was fired on the spot when he refused.
The lawsuit claims Brooks suffered humiliation, wrongful termination and physical and mental pain from the incident, and it alleges the filmmakers should have known that that Depp was using alcohol and drugs and was a threat to the well-being of others on the set.
Messages left seeking comment with representatives for Depp and the production company, Good Films Productions, were not immediately returned. A publicist listed for Furman said she no longer represented him, but forwarded him a message seeking comment. There was no immediate reply.
In May, Furman defended Depp and said, "Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists. He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect. Movies can be stressful, and non-events often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn't one here."