Johnny Depp’s alleged assault victim wants to drag Amber Heard into an upcoming court trial.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Gregg “Rocky” Brooks is responding to Depp’s attempt to ban his ex-wife from being mentioned in the case.
Earlier this year, 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.
Depp recently pleaded for certain evidence and testimony to be off limits during the trial. He filed motions to prohibit discussion about his ex-wife Amber Heard or his alleged drug use. Depp believed it could turn the jury against him.
In newly filed docs, Brooks is asking a judge to shut down Depp’s request. He believes the topics of Amber Heard and alleged drug use are relevant to his case.
He accuses Depp of being “violent and aggressive towards him without provocation, while Plaintiff was doing his job. Defendant Depp’s aggressive and violent behavior is relevant to this matter.”
He continues, “Depp himself has made it public knowledge by filing a lawsuit against Ms. Heard for defamation, reopening a previously closed and litigated issue. Defendant Depp gives routine interviews regarding Ms. Hard and his now known reputations for violence.”
Brooks says to prohibit the testimony will have a prejudicial effect because, “Depp, without question a spectacular actor, will easily play the part of a gentleman prince while his propensity for anger and violence and violence and cloaked from the jurors.”
He argues the “evidence of Defendant Depp’s violent and aggressive behavior towards Ms. Heard tends to prove the relevant fact that Defendant Depp acted aggressively and violently towards the Plaintiff.”
In regard to alleged drug use, Brooks says “Evidence regarding Defendant Depp’s alleged drug and alcohol use on days prior to the April 12, 2017 incident, especially evidence of that use while working on set, tends to prove the veracity of Plaintiff’s allegations that the Defendant Depp was using drugs and alcohol on the day on the incident.”
He argues Depp has never hide his alleged “drug and alcohol abuse, proudly claiming to be an expert on Quaaludes, rolling marijuana cigarettes in front of journalists, becoming inebriated during interviews and reveling in his bad boy image.”
Brooks wants a judge to allow both topics during the upcoming trial.
Depp’s lawyer, Adam Waldman, tells The Blast, “What to do when your punching hoax against Johnny Depp is disproven by multiple eyewitnesses and date- and time-stamped photographs? Try to link up with the other hoax that is also disproven by multiple eyewitnesses and photographs. How do we know? Rocky Brooks’ lawyer threatened that she was “working with Amber Heard’s lawyers,” although one hoax has nothing to do with the other. Throw in a few irrelevant smears against Johnny Depp for his past addiction and recovery, and you have the inadmissible-in-court PR strategy of every one of his opponents. Litigation is evidence- rather than PR-based, as our opponents continue to learn the hard way.”
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.