Johnny Depp has avoided heading back to court by settling his 2018 assault and battery case against City of Lies location manager Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, Deadline reports. Two days before the trial was set to start, the pair came to an agreement, it was revealed in a Los Angeles Superior Court by Brooks’ lawyer, Arabella Azizan.
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According to the Superior Court of California, County of Los Angeles (https://t.co/UYcoXniehb), there has been a settlement filed 7/11/22.
Dismissal after settlement is scheduled for 2/16/23 at 10:30AM.
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- Depp is said to have become violent with Brooks on the City of Lies set. The 2017 brawl allegedly took place after Brooks told Depp that he and the actor pals he’d gotten hired had one more chance to get a scene right before wrapping for the night. Depp didn’t take the news too well and allegedly punched Brooks twice in the stomach. Depp added that he’d pay Brooks $100,000 to “punch me in the face right now” and had to be removed from the set by his security team. Brooks was immediately fired following the incident.
- No details of the settlement were announced. It’s unclear how much money Johnny Depp had to shell out to settle the assault case, and there’s also a chance that the whole thing could fall through. However, it seems likely that the deal will go through and Depp can cross this off his list of legal troubles.
- The case had been in process for years. Brooks filed a lawsuit against Depp back in 2018, but thanks to the pandemic, it was pushed back repeatedly in the LASC docket until last month. Now, it seems like it will never hit the courtroom at all.
- A judge has already had a look at the filing. The notice of settlement in the docket 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.” A minute order from Judge Holly J. Fujie on Tuesda, July 12 read: “Dismissal After Settlement is scheduled for 2/16/2023.”