Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that Johnny Depp is being sued by a disabled woman who claims the actor’s security removed her from her seat during an Iggy Pop concert in Hollywood last December.
According to the lawsuit filed in L.A. County Superior Court, 52-year-old Robyn Eckert explains that she was seated next to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in the concert’s VIP section – during which time she came a little too close to the actor, which led his security team to “bearhug” her from behind and restrain both of her wrists.
The woman — a professor of medicine at UC Irvine who needs a cane to walk — claims she was moved so roughly during the incident that her pants came down, “exposing her backside to other concertgoers,” according to court documents obtained by E! News.
She alleges that during the entire ordeal, Depp stood by, aware of his bodyguards’ actions, but was unwilling to stop them.
The claims don’t end there, as Eckert goes to say that the “man-handling” resulted in severe injuries (including a dislocated left elbow, bleeding, swelling, and bruising) and worsened pre-existing conditions, ultimately preventing her from returning to work after a medical leave.
EW writes that Eckert is suing Depp and the Hollywood Palladium for emotional distress, assault, battery, false imprisonment, discrimination, and civil rights violations.
She is seeking unspecified damages, medical costs, reimbursement for loss of income, attorney’s fees and statutory damages.
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