Johnny Depp has only recently won the defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard in Fairfax, Virginia. The verdict was out on June 1, 2022. And now, even before the week is over, the actor is gearing up for another trial already. The 58-year-old had fought in court for six weeks to restore his reputation after the fallout from Amber Heard’s op-ed article which painted him as an abusive and violent person. Now, a crew member from the City of Lies film, in which Johnny Depp was the star, steps forward in an abuse allegation against the actor. The case which has already gone to trial will find the actor teaming up with his lawyer, Camille Vasquez, from the Depp v Heard defamation trial.
New Abuse Allegation Against Johnny Depp
City of Lies, a crime thriller movie starring Johnny Depp came out in 2018. Among the crew members was Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, a location manager. A dispute had broken out between the two when Brooks informed the actor that they had surpassed the time allowed by the permit while shooting.
Brooks stated he was put under “emotional distress”. He filed a lawsuit against Depp in July 2018 claiming the latter had punched him on the set soon after. Depp dismissed the allegations and said he acted in self-defense.
The actor stated during his deposition, “I had my assistant bring a bottle of wine. And we toasted in I think paper cups. And, you know, no harm, no foul. I apologized. He apologized. Gave him a hug. We embraced. You know, I hugged him. And everything was cool. As a matter of fact, he asked for a selfie with me. And so I took a selfie with him.”
Depp and Vasquez to Team Up Again?
The case has gone to trial which means Depp will be facing the judges and the jury soon once more. He will retain his legal team from Brown Rudnick to fight the abuse allegations. Camille Vasquez will return to handle the case along with Randall A. Smith, who is a partner in the Brown Rudnick’s Litigation & Arbitration Practice Group. The latter will represent Johnny Depp in court.
As for Brooks, he will be represented by Pat Harris who told The Sun, “While we respect the jury’s decision, it has no relevance to Mr. Brooks’ case in Los Angeles. Brooks’ case is not about two Hollywood celebrities involved in a toxic relationship. It is about the assault of a hard-working film crew member by the star of the production. Mr. Brooks looks forward to his day in court.”
Source: Radar Online