Johnny Depp drunkenly assaulted a location manager on the ‘LAbyrinth’ set

Johnny Depp and guests attend Shane MacGowan 60th

Johnny Depp is not in a good place. Law firms keep dropping him as a client. He keeps getting sued, and the latest lawsuit is a doozy. He spends millions of dollars a month on dumb sh-t, like wine and the maintenance of a fleet of cars that he rarely uses. He’s basically Nicholas Cage, only worse. Meaner. Drunker. Scarfier. And I’m actually sort of shocked that we don’t hear more stories about his behavior on various sets – we know he was a complete catastrophe on the last Pirates of the Caribbean movies. We know that few people wanted him around for the Fantastic Beasts movie. And now this: apparently, Depp physically assaulted a location manager on the set of his latest film:

“LAbyrinth” stars Johnny Depp as the real LAPD detective Russell Poole, who investigated the murder of Biggie Smalls. An insider said trouble on the “toxic” set began when Depp took over directing a scene in which he cast two of his pals as a cop and a homeless man. “Johnny’s friends were in the scene, and it just turned into way more than it should have been,” said a source. A downtown LA street was closed off, but when the permit ran out, Depp wanted to keep the cameras rolling.

“The producers kept asking for the time to be extended,” explained a source familiar with the production. Finally, a location manager informed the film’s director, Brad Furman, that the scene had to wrap, but, “Brad interjected, ‘Tell that to Johnny Depp!’ ” The location manager told Depp, “This is the last shot,” a source said, when an irate Depp — who’d been “smoking and drinking all day on set” — got in the staffer’s face. “He was 6 inches away, yelling, ‘Who are you? You have no right!’ ” sources said.

When the well-liked worker told Depp, “I’m just doing my job,” a source said Depp tried to punch him in the ribs. But the weak blow didn’t make an impact, and Depp yelled, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!” The stunned staffer stood still, and Depp was finally pulled away. A rep for Depp had no comment. Furman insisted the alleged incident was overblown. “Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists,” he said in a statement. “He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect. Movies can be stressful, and nonevents often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn’t one here.”

[From Page Six]

“But the weak blow didn’t make an impact…” What does that mean? That means Depp weakly and drunkenly punched this poor man in the ribs and it didn’t hurt the guy? It doesn’t matter if the guy was actually hurt – it’s still assault. And I’d be willing to bet that Depp “smoking and drinking all day on set” is quite a normal thing at this point. He’s an alcoholic and he’s not functioning. What he needs is to NOT work. He needs to go away and get clean and sober. He needs to stop being enabled by studios, directors, producers and his coterie of handlers. Why in the world would you even employ him at this point? I’m really asking.

Johnny Depp and guests attend Shane MacGowan 60th

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  1. Honest B says:

    Has he still got those ridiculous teeth?

    • AnnaKist says:

      Kaiser’s suggested hiatus would be a good time to get his chopmpers sorted. Then,a haircut, shave and a complete wardrobe overhaul. Or, at the very least, give those bloody scarves a damned good wash. Then he can eff off to France and stay there. Permanently.

  2. hindulovegod says:

    I don’t understand the logic of hiring him. Where the upside? He will cost you millions in unnecessary production fees and expose you to lawsuits. He can’t really act anymore, and he can’t guarantee box office, even overseas.

    • KB says:

      Isn’t he one of the worst returns on money spent? For a guy who is in Disney franchises, that is quite a feat. I’m not sure if that even considers overages or if it’s just based on initial reported budgets.

      • WendyNerd says:

        My theory for people like this —- nightmares that are terrible returns on investment thy still keep getting handed shit —- is that they have accumulated a lot of dirt on the right folks over the years. Blackmail, essentially.

    • Annabelle Bronstein says:

      To paraphrase Michelle Obama, it can be extremely frustrating to watch all these men fail up.

      • Rumi says:

        Yes, yes, yes!
        I have so much respect for Michelle, I’d wish she’d run for president.
        Ive seen so many mediocre people fail up especially white men that it can sometimes take the fight out of you.

      • Liz version 700 says:

        Annabelle this times 1000. And not only is he falling up, but random people are expected to let him bounce his fist off their ribs or face to help him bounce up. Disgusting.

    • Audi says:

      They’ll keep hiring him until he stops making them money. Bottom Line.

  3. CommentingBunny says:

    Well, at least this time he assaulted a man so maybe people will actually believe his victim.

    • KB says:

      I think people are starting to turn on him. The comments at the always misogynistic DM were very critical of him.

      • Veronica says:

        Well, of course, he attacked a MAN this time. Unlike women, that’s a real person!

      • Darla says:

        Exactly Veronica! You are so right.

      • otaku fairy says:

        Those were my first thoughts too. Bet the fangirls and MRAs won’t have anything to say about this victim and his story- no cries of ‘innocent until proven guilty’.

      • Beluga says:

        There were actually comments supporting Amber getting upvoted there. I was amazed, after all of the ranting about her being a dangerous psychopath etc etc.

      • KB says:

        Veronica, the comments were more like “at least it wasn’t a woman this time” and stuff like that, supportive of Amber Heard. Maybe his misogynistic fans just ignored the article or something, but he was being called a violent alcoholic and the comments were supportive of Amber and like Beluga said, they were being upvoted.

    • Tia says:

      And this was my first thought – I hope the victim was a man, at least HE would have a chance of being believed.

    • Laura says:

      Damn. It hurts from how right you are Bunny.

    • Rebecca says:

      You’re so right. Let’s keep an eye on all the news that mention this story and see how many people comment that they don’t believe it. No more than one or two people is my guess.

  4. aims says:

    We’ve all seen the video of him trashing his apartment he shared with Amber. This guy is a violent drunk! He isn’t even a sloppy drunk, he’s a mean one. I don’t know why he gets a pass. When his abuse came into light, all these people came to his defense. I don’t get it. At this point he seems like a liability and I wouldn’t touch him with a ten foot pole.

  5. CadiC says:

    I passed a billboard yesterday of the Hollywood Vampires (playing in my area soon) and you know it’s bad when Alice Cooper looks younger and healthier than Depp.

    • Milla says:

      Mte. But Alice has been clean for ages and he didn’t change much since the 90s.
      I do feel bad for Depps family, especially kids.

  6. minx says:

    He’s a wreck.

  7. WingKingdom says:

    This is becoming very similar to the Lindsay Lohan story, although of course she never got this many chances.

    • Lady D says:

      That woman violated her probation 22 times, and went to jail for it once for a total of 3 days. She stalked an ex for almost 2 years and nobody did anything about it. Imagine a guy doing that to a woman. She even moved in across the hall from her. She ripped off a jewelry store and got away with it, she hit a woman’s baby carriage in a sidewalk and got away with it. She kidnapped a kid and his car and took them on a wild high speed chase, she was even found with coke in her pocket in the police station and faced no charges for it, and they kept hiring her. How many times did she blame a ‘black kid’ and get away with it?

      • JENNIFER says:

        Oh wow @Lady D, I forgot about half of those things! That high speed car chase, how could I forget? I’m honestly a bit surprised she’s still alive.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Yes, and when she hijacked the car to chase her assistant, she ran over someone’s foot.

    • Rachel in August says:

      And stole a vintage fur coat and put a cigarette burn in it. When she was forced to return it she pissed on it. An intelligent life-form for sure, eh? Not. She ripped off far more than just that jewelry store. Notice she’s not been hired for anything lately? (And I hope never again).

      • Lady D says:

        Imagine her and Johnny making a movie together? The kind of stars Polanski or Allen should be directing.

      • Rachel in August says:

        @ Lady D They all deserve each other but I doubt anyone would want to see it aside from some morbid curiosity.

      • brutalethyl says:

        And don’t forget she completely trashed Liz Taylor’s vintage trailer that was filled with her memorabilia while she was making that campie movie.

  8. Sandy123 says:

    He’s shilling beer in Japan right now. He’s getting desperate for money.

    • trh says:

      “With wholehearted feeling, slowly, look at the camera, tenderly, and as if you are meeting old friends, say the words. “

  9. Maum says:

    Meaner. Drunkier. Scarfier.

    Good title for his biography.

  10. Digital Unicorn says:

    I hope he gets dropped from the rest of the Fantastic Beast movies and Rowling is made to eat her words of ‘support’. It will be interesting to hear the stories of him on THAT set and what was covered up.

    • HelloSunshine says:

      I’m still so mad about the whole Fantastic Beasts role. They could have tried to replace him after the first film and fans would have been elated but JK chose to double down and lost fans (me included, how can I believe she actually wants to stand up for women when she has him in a movie?). Him appearing at the end of the movie was nauseating. I turn it off before it gets to that point if I happen to see it on TV

      • Marlene says:

        I’m mad too, but I think it was Disney that strong-armed Rowling in this case. I think a lot of Disney money went into the smear campaign against Amber Heard after she accused Depp of assault. Disney wanted to save their Pirates franchise, and therefore had to save Depp’s image. And the cheapest way of doing that was to discredit Amber Heard. Depp was already cast in Fantastic Beasts, and I think they (Disney) refused to replace him because that would be like admitting there was a problem with him. I’m disappointed in Rowling too, but I think what Disney did was worse.

      • Mia4s says:

        @Marlene, Fantastic Beasts and Harry Potter are Warner Brothers properties, not Disney. Which somehow makes WB backing him up worse as they don’t have the “Pirates” excuse. As far as Disney, with Alice in Wonderland a failed franchise, Lone Ranger being a massive bomb, and now Pirates return on investment starting to drop the days of Disney Depp May be nearing an end.

        So what’s your excuse Warner Brothers and JK?

      • M.A.F. says:

        @Mia4s- Marlene may not know that Harry Potter items are Warner Brothers and not Disney as I’m sure there are others out there that don’t know that.

    • Tiffany says:

      I mean….we could have had Colin Farrell.

      Colin. Farrell.

    • M.A.F. says:

      I was already half out since Fantastic Beast was not fantastic. I was bored and almost fell asleep during the film. They had two plot lines- Newt Scamander coming to American & loosing his beasts & the squib kid. They should have stuck with Newt finding his beasts & building up the new characters & world. They could have introduced the other plot towards the end so it would segue into the second film . So, I was already on the fence with the second film but since Rowling and WB doubled down & kept Depp, I’m out.

  11. Annabelle Bronstein says:

    And women are the emotional ones 😏

  12. Suki says:

    Gosh, how sad. It doesn’t matter who the celeb is, I always find things like this so sad. I know it’s largely (perhaps entirely) of his own making, as I don’t know him personally, but the number of people who choose to self-destruct, even with everything, it’s very sad. I hope his kids are coping well.

  13. Patricia says:

    I’ve shared a story before and I won’t bore everyone with it again, but I know from a friend who is a costume designer that he’s been drunkenly, verbally assaulting people on sets since the 80s. People just cover for him and cover for him for years and years. It’s disgusting.

    • Slowsnow says:

      But why?? He is not that good. He’s a security hazard, and disrupts the work environment. Why do people keep on hiring him? He’s not box office gold. No one is.

  14. Anonymouse says:

    Tried to make me go to rehab…I said no, no, no.

    For real, if he has people that care about him and want to see him live, they need to get him help or else we will be reading about his premature death very soon.

  15. Noddles says:

    My mother is an alcoholic and I remember her getting violent on us as kinds but she wouldn’t actually be able to hurt us because she was so drunk. You could push her with one finger and she’d fall over. Somehow I imagine this incident to be rather like that.

  16. Margo S. says:

    I don’t think these execs realize that we don’t want to see Depp in anything. But they are all white dudes and they’re like “well I’d see a Depp movie bro!!!” But that is such a small population of the world. Most of us, many white dudes included, are not going to support this mess.

  17. Rachel says:

    Celebitchy you should be ashamed of yourself! This story is Bullshit! The actual Director of the film came out and said that the story is indeed Bullshit and that it never happened! Stop the witch hunt! A friend of his ex wife, works for a gossip rag and is consistently planting bullshit! Grow up already!

    • Tiffany says:

      Okay Johnny.

    • Anon33 says:

      I love it when people who write in all exclamation pointed sentences tell others to “grow up.”

    • LadyT says:

      Surely Rachel is being sarcastic. The director is supporting his movie, the investment— not the truth about Depp. Therein lies the problem. Depp is a train wreck and he’ll continue to be enabled until every last cent has been wrung out of him.

    • amyston says:


      I went into Rachel’s comment waiting for the sarcastic reveal at the end, but it never came. But honestly I can’t even act surprised that he still has supporters when Emperor Cheeto exists and people are still making excuses for him.

      • Sophia's side eye says:

        I’d like to see the venn diagram on those two groups. I’m guessing a lot of overlap.

  18. Molly says:

    Drugs and booze can really destroy a person. He lost all ability to act it seems because of them, his personal behavior is in shambles. Why doesn’t anyone put him into alcohol/drugs rehab?
    Has he ever been in rehab?

    • Deering24 says:

      An addict has to agree to go of their own volition. And that usually doesn’t happen until that person hits rock bottom. Unfortunately, because celebrities always get twentieth chances and have a lot of resources, the bottom takes a long time to hit…and they often OD before that happens.

  19. Lizzie says:

    The director was totally wrong here. He should have stepped in and stopped the scene – he’s the boss. Instead he let a staffer get punched by a drunk asshole. If I were the location manager I’d be going to the studio for a big “shut up” bonus.

  20. KBeth says:

    It’s astonishing Depp is still alive.

  21. lucy2 says:


    He is nothing but a liability now, and his days of raking in cash for the studios are done. Stop hiring him. Stop enabling him. Stop putting other employees in situations like this.

    And Lizzie is right, the director should have taken control of this situation, he is the boss, not Depp. Deferring to him like that only adds to the problems.

  22. emma peel says:

    Time to cancel Depp once and for all.

  23. Really says:

    I’m happy for amber heard to be living her life, working and happy with her friends.
    It is funny how everyone is to blame but the poor violent addicted.

    • Rachel in August says:

      Yes, and I always believed her, too. She just didn’t seem like the lying sort and I really think she loved him in the beginning. He ruined all that too. And being the noble, mature life-form he is, he gets his Slim (her nickname) tattoo on his hand modified to read, “Scum.” How mature, *snort*.

      • Molly says:

        Changing the tattoo was a tradition for him, he did it with his Winona Forever tattoo back in the day.

  24. what's inside says:

    Next headline about Depp will be when he is found dead on the street in front of a nightclub….

  25. Betteboo2u says:

    He’s trying to emulate his hero Keith Richards. But without the charm. Alcohol + drugs = rage machine for Depp

  26. noway says:

    I read the headline and thought his new movie was a remake of Jim Henson and David Bowie’s Labrynth, and I was so happy to see it was not. Depp who was a great actor, but now he just makes me really sad. Yes I know he is an abuser, and I feel for the victims, but the guy seems to have serious long term drug/alcohol issues. Hope he gets better so there are no more victims of his drug and drunk induced violence. The only thing good about this kind of publicity is most potential girlfriends/victims should be well aware of his issues now.