They say there’s two sides to every story, and no one proves that on the regular like Johnny Depp.
In his latest scandal, the star’s upcoming film City Of Lies (formerly LAbyrinth) was shelved amid a pending lawsuit.
Depp is accused of assaulting a location manager named Gregg “Rocky” Brooks on the film’s set — taunting then punching him twice (but also not causing any injury).
In his lawsuit, Brooks says it was over an argument about the filming schedule; Depp has claimed self defense as his legal response, saying he was “provoked” by Brooks.
Now we have an eyewitness, and not an anonymous one.
Script supervisor Emma Danoff submitted a declaration Monday, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, recalling exactly what she saw — and it’s something we haven’t heard at all!
According to Danoff’s account, Brooks used “racial and derogatory slurs” towards an African American homeless woman who was in his way. The nearby Depp overheard and sprang into action:
“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. Mr. Depp said to Mr. Brooks, ‘You can’t talk to her like that. You think she is something less than you? Who do you think you are? How dare you?’”
We don’t know if the court will rule this as “unlawful and wrongful conduct” but we’re pretty sure that racially charged verbal abuse against a woman would be considered provocation to most people.
But Danoff actually says Depp never even punched Brooks nor offered him $100k to take a swing, as he claimed.
Interestingly, she also says she has 40 time stamped photos she took in the heat of the moment to prove it!
We’ll have to see how the court rules in all this, but wow is this a different story from what we’ve heard…
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