The dust hasn’t settled yet on the Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard defamation lawsuit and the 59-year-old actor is being dragged back to the courthouse on charges of an alleged assault. According to the plaintiff, Greg Brooks, the incident occurred on the set of the 2018 movie, City of Lies, on April 13, 2017.
According to reports, the location manager on the set of the film, Greg Brooks entered into a physical altercation with the actor. Although Depp has clarified that the altercation was an act of “self-defense”, further details are yet to be fully revealed as to what happened on the set. Brooks maintains that he had been put under “emotional distress” and has now decided to take the case against Depp to trial.
Johnny Depp vs. Greg Brooks
The actor had reportedly punched location manager, Brooks, twice in the ribs on the set of the 2018 film following a verbal assault. The latter alleged that Depp screamed at him and offered to pay him $100,000 to hit him back. Although some reports suggest Depp was drunk at that point, that rumor does not have any substantial ground.
Depp’s attorneys from the defamation trial are sticking by him as his defense. Camille Vasquez will return to handle the Depp vs. Brooks case along with another Brown Rudnick lawyer.
During his deposition, Johnny Depp stated, “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.”
Emma Danoff’s Testimony and Other Trial Details
The script supervisor, Emma Danoff, has come forward with her testimony saying that she was present at the scene and witnessed the whole incident. She submitted a written declaration saying nothing of the sort that Brooks described in his statement had occurred. Instead, he had verbally berated an African-American homeless woman by calling her “racial and derogatory slurs.”
Ms. Danoff was 25 feet away from where Depp was sitting and she says, “He immediately stood up from our shared seat on the edge of a planter bench and went over to Brooks to stand up for the woman,” Danoff says. “Mr. Depp said to Mr. Brooks, ‘You can’t talk to her like that. Do you think she is something less than you? Who do you think you are? How dare you?’”
She further clarified that there were no punches thrown and she had 40 time-stamped pictures to prove all of it.
Emma Danoff witnessed the whole incident with JD & Gregg Brooks and has given a sworn declaration on JD's behalf. Court date for this jury trial will be July 25 2022 & Camille will represent Johnny again!! #JusticeForJohnnyDepp #JohnnyDeppIsInnocent #JohnnyDepp pic.twitter.com/vJmIjQNmF9
— Deana (@KeepItInReality) June 4, 2022
However, Brooks’ lawyer, Pat Harris, in an interview with The Sun has stated, “The Brooks case is not about two Hollywood celebrities involved in a toxic relationship, it is about the assault on a hard-working film crew member by the star of the production. Mr. Brooks is looking forward to his day in court.”
The jury trial is set to take place on July 25, 2022.