Johnny Depp scored a small victory in court with a judge ordering Amber Heard and his alleged drug use are off-limits in an upcoming trial.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, a Los Angeles judge sided with Depp and granted his motion. The motion sought to prohibit any evidence or testimony about his ex-wife or alleged drug use in a court case.
Earlier this year, Gregg “Rocky” Brooks sued Depp accusing him of assault on the film set for “City of Lies”. Depp has denied the allegations and claimed self-defense. The trial is scheduled to begin on October 21.
The actor was pleading for Heard and alleged drug use not be mentioned to the jury.
The actor said this could “improperly sway” the jury. He says a lot of press about the divorce made him look bad. He believed the only reason to talk about Heard is to paint him “in a bad light.”
Brooks argued the topics were relevant and asked a judge to shut down Depp.
In his lawsuit, Gregg “Rocky” Brooks accused Depp of punching him on the set of the film.
Brooks, who was a location manager, claimed he was trying to enforce permit restrictions on the set on April 13, 2017. They were filming the film about the deaths of Tupac and Biggie Smalls in Downtown Los Angeles
The location manager claimed they had a permit to shoot until 7:00 PM outside and 10:00 PM inside, and Brooks was able to get the permit extended multiple times to accommodate the actor who wanted to direct a longer version of a scene but could not get any more extension.
He then told the director the shooting would have to halt production, and the director allegedly told Brooks “Why don’t you tell that to Johnny Depp?”
Brooks went to get an on-set police officer to help him tell Depp, but before he could Depp approached him yelling, “Who the f–k are you? You have no right to tell me what to do!”
He tried to explain the situation but then Depp allegedly punched him twice in the lower side of his rib cage. Depp is accused of yelling, “I will give you $100,000 to punch me in the face right now!”
Brooks claimed Depp’s breath smelled of alcohol and said the actor’s bodyguards had to intervene to stop the situation. He was fired from the film three days later when he refused to sign a release over the incident.
Depp fired back at the lawsuit demanding it be tossed out of court.
The actor denies all allegations of wrongdoing in the lawsuit and says his alleged actions were done in self-defense.
He accuses Brooks of willfully and maliciously acting out and conducting his activities in a way that made him fear for his safety on set. Further, he claims Brooks did not comply with the directions of his employer and, as a result, is demanding the entire case be dismissed.