Johnny Depp is going to have a busy 2022 in court. Radar has learned his trial for the alleged assault on a City of Lies staffer has been moved to February, two months before he's set to face off with Amber Heard in their defamation war.
According to legal documents obtained by Radar, Depp's assault trial — originally scheduled for October 25, 2021 — will now take place in February 2022.
The judge has officially signed off on the decision, sighting "an attorney participating in Plaintiff's representation is on maternity leave and will not be returning" until the second month of next year.
Furthermore, the documents state, "the parties have not completed an MSC within 90 days of the trial date as required by Presiding Judge Eric C. Taylor’s April 1, 2021 order regarding civil jury trials."
In 2019, Depp was sued by Gregg “Rocky” Brooks, who claimed the actor punched him while he was working as a location manager on the set of City of Lies.
Brooks claims all hell broke loose when he went to inform Depp they were shooting past the time of their permit.
According to Brooks, the actor allegedly punched him twice on the lower side of his rib cage. He claims Depp’s breath smelled of alcohol.
Brooks alleges the star's bodyguards had to intervene and that he was fired three days later after he refused to sign a release regarding the incident.
Days later, Depp hit back, claiming it was self-defense and that he "feared for his safety."
The reality-based crime movie follows an LAPD officer (played by Depp) who works tirelessly investigating the murders of Tupac Shakur and The Notorious B.I.G.
Despite being filmed in 2017, it was just released earlier this year.
Depp's not going to see much of 2022 outside the courtroom. Two months after his assault trial is set to begin, he's scheduled to face his ex-wife in their ongoing $50 million defamation war.
After several delays, the Pirates of The Caribbean actor's lawsuit against Heard starts on April 11.