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13th Jul 2022

Johnny Depp settles with crew member who claims the actor punched him twice

Kieran Galpin

Gregg “Rocky” Brooks

The crew member described the set as ‘hostile, abusive and unsafe’

Johnny Depp and his legal team have reportedly settled with a crew member who claims the actor punched him twice and caused emotional distress in 2017.

Weeks after the 59-year-old actor arose victorious in his $5om defamation suit against ex-wife Amber Heard, 37, his team put another legal issue to bed. Depp will not need to appear in court, and the lawsuit is expected to be dropped once the settlement is complete.

The location manager for 2018’s City of Lies, Gregg ‘Rocky’ Brooks, filed a lawsuit in 2018 that claimed the actor physically assaulted him. The court date was initially set for July 25 in Los Angeles.

Gregg 'Rocky' Brooks

As per court documents initially obtained by TMZ, Brooks filed the complaint on July 6, where he said the actor caused him “emotional distress” and punched him twice in the ribcage.

Sources from the film’s set said Depp became tense after a permit ran out for a closed-off street in downtown LA.

Frustrated and wanting to carry on filming while outside the Barclay Hotel, Depp allegedly shouted at Brooks: “Who are you? You have no right!”

“I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!” he also said.

Brooks also claimed that he was sacked from the film after refusing to sign a release waiver regarding his right to sue.

He also spoke on how the Hollywood frontman created a “hostile, abusive and unsafe” environment largely down to his “intoxication and temper.”

As per Sky News, the settlement reads: “The settlement agreement conditions dismissal of this matter on the satisfactory completion of specified terms that are not to be performed within 45 days of the date of the settlement.

“A request for dismissal will be filed no later than 1/5/2023.”

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