Brooks claims Depp hired two of his friends for a scene in downtown L.A. on April 13, 2017.
Depp, as well as City of Lies director Brad Furman and the film's production companies, are being sued for assault and battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligence, negligent hiring and retention of unfit employee, negligent supervision of employee, hostile work environment, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, retaliation, and negligent infliction of emotional distress. Before the officer could arrive on the scene, Brooks alleges that Depp punched him in the midsection then screamed, "I'll give you $100K to punch me in the face right now".
In the movie, "City of Lies", set for USA release September 7, the 55-year-old Depp plays a Los Angeles police detective who for years investigated the still-unsolved 1997 death of the rapper Notorious B.I.G., also known as Biggie Smalls, whose real name is Christopher Wallace. "You have no right to tell me what to do", Depp allegedly yelled upon learning from Brooks that he'd need to wrap it up. Depp reportedly wanted to keep filming, and while one producer, concerned with the actor's volatility, went to get a police officer, an altercation broke out.
Brooks, who worked as a location manager on the film about the investigation of the Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur murders, filed the suit against Depp Friday in California Superior Court.
According to TMZ, Depp screamed at him, saying, "Who the f- are you?" When Brooks tried to explain to Depp that his job as location manager is to make sure the film's production adheres to city permits, Depp reportedly fired back, "I don't give a fuck who you are and you can't tell me what to do".
As Depp continued to berate Rocky, his bodyguards removed him from the area.
The lawsuit also claims that the crewmember was sacked when he refused to sign papers saying he wouldn't sue over the incident.
The lawsuit is said to have been filed by filed by Baker, Olson, LeCroy & Danielian and "seeks unspecified damages".
Depp has not yet responded to the lawsuit.