A 52-year old U.C. Irvine medical school assistant professor is claiming that Johnny Depp's bodyguards injured her at an Iggy and the Stooges performance at the Hollywood Palladium last December. The woman, who walks with a cane and is identified in the lawsuit papers as Jane Doe, alleges that the bodyguards violently restrained her while trying to restrict her from accessing the VIP section, reported Los Angeles Times.
According to a civil complaint filed on Monday in Los Angeles County Superior court, Depp stood by and did nothing while his guards bear-hugged Doe from behind, grabbed her violently and restrained her wrists, wrenched her cell phone from her hands, then handcuffed her, ripped off her pants, exposing her buttocks to the public.
The woman alleges that the award-winning actor stood by and watched, ignoring her cries for help, and was actually supplying direct supervision and management of his security guards and directing their actions during the scuffle. She says she sustained serious injuries, including bruising, swelling and hyper-pigmentation.
The Hollywood Palladium is also a defendant in the lawsuit. The professor claims that she had bought tickets for the VIP section because Hollywood Palladium told her that there was no special seating available for those with disabilities. Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the woman is suing Depp for emotional distress, assault, battery, false imprisonment, discrimination and civil rights violations. Depp has yet to comment on the allegations, and Sepehr Daghighian, the professor's lawyer, revealed in an e-mail to the Los Angeles Times that his client is seeking more than $25,000 in damages.