In the movie, Depp plays the real LAPD detective Russell Poole - who investigated the murder of Biggie Smalls. When Brooks approached Depp to tell him there was only going to be one more take, he approached an LAPD officer fearing Depp's reaction to the news, at which point he says Depp punched him in the rib cage twice.
Brooks claims the incident occurred while working on a scene from the film with Depp in downtown L.A.in April of 2017. According to Brooks, the actor's breath "reeked" of alcohol during the encounter. A film crew member is alleging in a lawsuit that Depp twice punched him on the Los Angeles set of a movie about the killing of the Notorious B.I.G. Brooks alleges that Depp attacked him, and even told him he'd give him $100,000 to punch him in the face, and now Brooks is understandably seeking legal action.
"PLAINTIFF still did not react and DEPP continued to scream and berate him in front of a set full of people until DEPP's own bodyguards physically removed DEPP from the scene".
Brooks says he told the director, Brad Furman, that shooting would have to halt. In a statement, Furman declared Depp to be "a consummate professional", and said the situation was "a non-event".
"City of Lies" is due to be released on September 7.
A source told Page Six at the time that the out-of-control star was "six inches away" from Rocky's face, yelling, 'Who are you?
Brooks said he was sacked from the production three days later, when he refused to sign a release waiving his right to sue over the incident.
The Pirates Of The Caribbean star is already facing suits filed in May in California Superior Court from two former body guards for unpaid wages and overtime.
Messages left seeking comment with representatives for Depp and the production company Good Films Productions were not immediately returned.