A lawsuit against eccentric actor Johnny Depp was dismissed by a judge Thursday, who ruled that the complainant, a handicapped woman who alleged that Depp’s bodyguards assaulted her at a concert last year, had no justification for her lawsuit against the Pirates of the Caribbean star.
Let’s back up some. Back in April, Depp and Live Nation were sued by an anonymous woman who claims that she was beaten and embarrassed by Depp’s bodyguards at an Iggy and the Stooges concert at the Hollywood Palladium. The woman, a medical professor at UC Irvine who claims that she is handicapped, said that she attended last year’s concert with her husband and that at some point, Depp and his entourage became confrontational with her. She claims that Depp’s bodyguards and other security personnel dragged her across the VIP section, and that her shoes came off in the scuffle. Her wardrobe was otherwise manipulated as well, “exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium theater patrons.”
Though TMZ notes that the woman, Robin Eckert, gave her name in the original police report, though filed the lawsuit anonymously under the name “Jane Doe.”
The judge ruled that because the incident took place publicly, and that there were “no allegations concerning sexual activity or other sensitive or private conduct that courts have recognized as exceptional,” Eckert has no reason to file anonymously, rendering her lawsuit moot. She can refile again in 20 days, but she has to use her real name the next time around, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Further complications from the original suit stem from the fact that Eckert had “not alleged that that Depp was responsible for hiring or retaining the security guards in question.” He also threw out her negligent infliction of emotional distress claim because Depp has proven that he had no prior relationship to the woman, and therefore owed her nothing.
As reported, Eckert has 20 days to adjust her lawsuit, but she needs to be more specific with her allegations and has to file under her real name.