Johnny Depp Sued for Alleged Assault on 'City of Lies' Set

Actor Johnny Depp is being sued for allegedly punching a location manager who was trying to enforce permit restrictions on the set of upcoming crime film City of Lies.

In the film, which had previously been referred to as "LAbyrinth", 55-year-old Depp portrays LAPD Detective Russell Poole, who investigated the slaying of rapper Biggie Smalls. Brooks filed a lawsuit against the actor on July 9, Variety reports. Brooks and Johnny got into an altercation after Gregg told Mr. Depp that they only had one more chance to finish a scene, and Depp became agitated and violent.

Brooks knew Depp for his bad temper, so he called on an officer for back up just in case Depp didn't react to the news well, the location manager claimed in the lawsuit. Brooks claims he kept his "composure" which allegedly led to Depp saying: "I will give you 100,000 dollars to punch me in the face right now".

Brooks alleges that Depp screamed, "Who the fuck are you?"

According to the lawsuit, Brooks was let go three days later after refusing to sign a release waiving his right to sue over the alleged incident.

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Brad Furman, the director, responded to the allegations in a statement to Page Six, where he referred to the claims as "exaggerated", and described Depp as a "consummate professional", as well as a "great collaborator".

Depp's bodyguards then removed the actor from the set, it is said.

The incident allegedly took place past year on the set of "City of Lies", a movie about the killing of Notorious B.I.G. With it has come a series of sometimes-ugly legal fights including a long court battle with his former money managers over lost millions and a bitter divorce from wife Amber Heard.

Messages left seeking comment with representatives for Depp and the production company Good Films Productions were not immediately returned.

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