Johnny Depp has been wallowing in undeserved admiration from his fans ever since he won his libel suit against Amber Heard. His happy lawyers no doubt advised him to quickly settle a lawsuit filed against him by a crew member on the film City of Lies, before the lurid details could become public and spoil his positive aura. Fact is, Johnny was obnoxious while filming the movie – he was irresponsibly drinking and using drugs and treated co-workers horribly by keeping people waiting for HOURS or not bothering to show up at all. His ego got the best of him and he beat up a crew member who rubbed him the wrong way. It was too late to replace Depp and everyone had to power through the awful shoot, vowing not to work with Depp again. Producers pressured the crew guy to sign an agreement that he would not press charges against their leading man. He refused and they FIRED him! So naturally he did file a lawsuit, and now he’s enjoying the hefty settlement that he certainly earned.
It’s the recent lawsuit filed by a location manager on the set of a movie Johnny Depp was filming that clearly illustrates what Johnny Depp has become. While shooting City of Lies, the location manager arranged for overtime shooting at a downtown location because Johnny wanted two friends included in a scene. The location manager is responsible for obtaining permits and obeying city laws and the shoot time could not be further extended. Depp had been drinking and chainsmoking on the set all day, and nobody wanted to confront him – especially the director. He told the location guy to inform Johnny that time was up. When the location manager told Johnny that they had to wrap the scene, Johnny punched him twice in the ribs after screaming “Who the f—are YOU? You have no right to tell ME what to do!” The egotistical and petulant Depp then challenged the location manager to punch him in the face and said he’d give him $100,000. Depp was removed from the set by his bodyguards. Later the director, along with producers, COVERED UP for Johnny by minimizing the disgraceful incident. This cover-up, which happens so often in Hollywood, is even more toxic than Depp’s behavior – especially in the light of #MeToo. Lately the self-indulgent Johnny has been blaming everyone else for his problems- money managers, ex-wives etc – but he has clearly evolved into a monster. Again, we say Amber Heard was right.