“Pirates of the Caribbean” star's security detail handcuffed and dragged woman around during concert, suit claims
Johnny Depp is being sued by a disabled woman who claims that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star's security detail physically assaulted her at a concert in December.
In the suit, the plaintiff — listed as Jane Doe — claims that Depp's security guards caused severe pain, injuries and emotional distress by brutalizing her during a Dec. 1, 2011 Iggy and the Stooges concert at the Hollywood Palladium. According to the plaintiff — who, the suit says, suffers from fibromyalgia and other conditions and must walk with a cane or other implement — she had to buy tickets for the VIP section because the Palladium didn't provide handicapped access at the theater.
All was fine, the suit says, until Depp and his security detail also showed up to the VIP section. According to the plaintiff, Depp's security guards put her in a bear hug, restrained her wrists and pried her iPhone from her hands, one finger at a time.
Then things really got ugly, the suit alleges, as Depp's bodyguards handcuffed her and dragged her through the theater as her pants were removed from her torso and hips, "exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium Theater patrons." Eventually, the suit says, Depp's security guards dragged her up several stairs, after which Hollywood Palladium employees ejected her from the venue.
The suit claims that Depp was fully aware of his guards' actions, and "was supplying direct supervision and management of his security guards and directing" their actions throughout the melee.
Depp's publicist and the Palladium have not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment.
TMZ identifies the plaintiff as Robin Eckert, adding that law enforcement sources said Eckert looked "wasted" when she made her initial police report about the incident.
The plaintiff says she suffered "injuries and extreme and outrageous humiliation" as a result of the incident. In addition to "cuts, bruising, scrapes, swelling, hyper-pigmentation and bleeding," the lawsuit says that the scuffle has exacerbated her pre-existing conditions and forced the plaintiff, who's been on disability, to abandon plans to return to work early this year, despite having "several lucrative job offers in place."
The suit, which also lists the Palladium as a defendant, seeks unspecified general and special damages, as well as medical costs, reimbursement for loss of income, attorney's fees and statutory damages.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.