Oh no, say it’s not so, Johnny! Actor Johnny Depp is being sued for his security guards’ alleged beatdown of a California professor in December.
Will Johnny Depp be wearing his signature scarves in a courtroom soon? Maybe — a 52-year-old U.C. Irvine professor claims that the actor’s security detail manhandled her in the V.I.P. area of an Iggy and the Stooges performance at the Hollywood Palladium in December 2011.
The woman — not named in court papers — was allegedly accosted three separate times by Depp’s personal guards. What’s worse? She’s saying that Depp could hear her cries and refused to help, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In court docs, the woman said that the security guards “grabbed [her] from behind, bear-hugged her, and tightly grabbed and restrained both of her wrists” in order to “wrench her iPhone… from her hands.” They also allegedly dragged her across the floor, “exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium theater patrons.” As a result, she’s suing the actor and the venue for emotional distress, assault, battery, false imprisonment, discrimination and civil rights violations.
The woman uses a cane to walk and says the incidents resulted in a dislocated left elbow, bleeding, swelling and bruising. She’s currently on medical leave from her job.
Yikes. We hope this isn’t true, especially since the actor is such a proponent of the heartbreaking new documentary, Bully.
This isn’t the only thing that’s putting eyes on the talented actor, though. Depp — along with actress Natalie Portman — were guest stars in Paul McCartney’s video for “My Valentine.” The problem? They used sign language — and signed the wrong words. According to the U.K. newspaper The Sun, Depp and Portman signed “tampon” instead of “appear.” Depp additionally signed “enemy” instead of “valentine.”
However, it’s not as big of a deal as the gossip rag makes it out to be — British Sign Language and American Sign Language are different.
“[The video] is not literally English to ASL, it’s conceptually interpreted, and appropriately so,” Jami Fisher, ASL Program Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, told NBC’s Today.com. “For me, the biggest error was when Johnny Depp signed ‘valentine’ at the end. His middle finger should have been reversed, so it looks like he’s giving the middle finger. It doesn’t mean ‘enemy’ though.”
Another sign language expert said the same thing to MTV.
“British sign language and American sign language are two completely different languages. They signed this in American Sign Language and while it wasn’t perfect, they did not sign the gaffes mentioned in this article,” the sign language pro told the network.
“I just think it’s pretty cool that Paul McCartney thought this would be artistically and aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Good on Natalie and Johnny for their work on this. It may get more people interested in learning ASL, since these are three very popular artists.”
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Watch “My Valentine” and judge for yourself: