Johnny Depp‘s hopes of winning his upcoming trial, in which he’s accused of punching Gregg Brooks twice in the ribs, have been boosted after John Bigrigg, a retired LAPD veteran, agreed to testify as a key witness.
The incident in question is said to have happened on the set of ‘City of Lies’ back in April 2017, with Brooks, a location manager, accusing Depp of punching him directly in the ribs.
The alleged assault took place after director Brad Furman asked Brooks to tell Depp that they wouldn’t be able to finish a scene as the time was about to run out on their permit.
Depp has denied those claims, with Brooks adding the actor offered him 100,000 dollars to punch him in the face after the incident.
Who is John Bigrigg?
The man who could help Depp is John Bigrigg, a former Green Beret and retired veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The 35-year-old was working on the LA Film Unit at the time of the alleged assault, and Radar have received an exclusive tape of him discussing the incident.
“I walked over to where the disturbance was, and it was already over,” Bigrigg said. “Neither of the combatants showed no sign of wear, complained of injuries, or said that they wanted to press charges.
“It was a minor squabble, and I took it in a humorous light. And, if my recollection serves me right, Rocky told me that if Johnny ever tried to fight him, he’d put him on his back.”
Investigator Paul Barresi, who is in charge of the case, has said that the only testimony he found genuine from multiple witnesses was that of Bigrigg.
Depp will be represented by attorney Camille Vasquez, who represented him during his defamation case with Amber Heard.
She is trying to settle the matter out of court, while Brooks is seeking “unspecific damages”.