Johnny Depp has avoided another stint on the courtroom stand.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” alum reached a settlement Monday with a “City of Lies” crew member who alleged the actor assaulted her on the set of the film in 2017, USA Today obtained by state Tuesday Document.
Location managers Greg “Rocky” Brooks and Depp were due to begin testing on July 21.
Brooks alleges in a lawsuit that Depp punched her twice on the Los Angeles set of a film about the murder of The Notorious BIG, and when she refused to promise not to sue over the incident. Removed from production.
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The details of their settlement have not been disclosed. USA Today has contacted lawyers for Depp and Brooks for comment.
Brooks also sued the film’s director and producers for unspecified damages in a lawsuit filed in July 2018.
In “City of Lies”, a crime film based on the book “Labyrinths” by Randall Sullivan, Depp and Forrest Whitaker starred in a modern whodnit around the investigation of the murder mystery of rappers Tupac Shakur, and The Notorious Big Depp in Los Angeles. Played the role of police. Department of Detective Russell Poole, who is trying to unravel the truth behind these high-profile murders.
Brooks alleged that in April 2017, while the film was being shot in and around the Barclay Hotel in downtown LA, he informed director Brad Furman that Depp’s upcoming film would be the last outdoor shot of the night due to a legal permit.
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The lawsuit states that Furman forced Brooks to go beyond his duties and told Depp himself that the shooting had to end. Brooks said that when Depp first found him he was looking for an off-duty sheriff’s deputy serving as set security.
Brooks said that Depp smelled alcohol and appeared intoxicated as he spoke obscenely and then “angry and forcefully” punched Brooks twice in the rib cage.
Depp then shouted “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now!” Brooks showed little reaction when, according to the lawsuit, he was pulled over by the actor’s bodyguards.
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Brooks said he returned to work the following Monday and a producer asked him to write and sign a declaration that he would not sue over the incident. Brooks said he was fired on the spot when he refused.
The lawsuit states that Brooks suffered humiliation, wrongful termination and physical and mental suffering from the incident. His lawyer argued that the filmmakers should have known that Depp was using alcohol and drugs and was a threat to the well-being of others on set.
The film was originally scheduled to premiere in 2018, but was delayed after a legal scuffle with both Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard and a UK tabloid. The film was released in March 2021 and critics either felt it was worth the wait or a waste of time.
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John Defoe of The Hollywood Reporter thought “City of Lies” deserved more public attention because it brought to light the issues of the bigger picture, despite the problems Depp faced in his personal life. He mentioned how the film brought to the fore real-life concerns about how the murders of black victims remain unsolved and deny justice.
“A viewer would have to be very complacent (or know a lot more about the matter than in this movie) ‘Lies’ not to realize that the Wallace affair is an embarrassment—and still somewhat fixable. – Example of justice denied,” wrote DeFore. “And if the truth can be embraced in such a high-profile murder, then no one knows about the murders of people?”
Deadline’s Pete Hammond agreed with DeForce on whether the film was worth the wait, but only from a performance standpoint.
Hammond wrote, “‘City of Lies’ is worth watching not only for the measured and unaffected twist by Depp as Russell Poole.” “But also for a journalist’s sensible and well-characterized portrayal of Whitaker trying to escape from his own checkered past beneath what really happened.”
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However, some critics were unable to fully appreciate Depp’s role as Poole, paying attention to his personal issues.
IndieWire’s David Ehrlich wrote, “This is one of the few post-Jack Sparrow performances that makes you lament that the past nine of Depp’s career may not have given us his method-worthy commitment to public humiliation.”
And as far as other critics are concerned, the film was just sad… and confusing.
The New York Times’ Janet Katsoulis called the film “incorrectly mush”.
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“‘City of Lies’ has an underlying, unexpected poignancy. The look is serious and the atmosphere serious, but a moody character study or a taut conspiracy thriller is instead a dull procedural, flashback, a misstep of voice-over and dead ends,” writes Katsoulis.
Contributions: Naledi Ushe, Alice Briscoe, USA Today; Andrew Dalton, Associated Press
This article was originally published in USA Today: Johnny Depp settles ‘City of Lies’ crew member attack case from 2018