Embattled Hollywood superstar Johnny Depp reportedly got into a physical altercation with a member of the technical production crew while shooting the forthcoming movie “LAbyrinth” in downtown Los Angeles.
According to Page Six, the altercation took place on a tense shooting day when Depp took over to direct some friends in a scene and wanted to continue shooting on the blocked-off street past the permitted time. The film’s actual director, Brad Furman, appears to have lost control of the situation as his actor, who had reportedly been drinking all day, ignored the fact that a permit on the filming location had expired.
“It just turned into way more than it should have been,” a source told Page Six.
The location manager reportedly tried to manage the situation and shut down the filming.
“This is the last shot,”the location manager reportedly told Depp, who didn’t react well.
“He was 6 inches away, yelling, ‘Who are you? You have no right!’,” witnesses told the news outlet.
The man reportedly replied, “I’m just doing my job,” as Depp allegedly tried to lunge at him and strike him in the torso. Depp then reportedly said, , “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!”
Just after that, the actor was pulled away.
Furman released a statement following the incident.
Johnny Depp is a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists,” the director said.
“He always treats the crew and people around him with the utmost respect. Movies can be stressful, and nonevents often become exaggerated. We all love stories — there isn’t one here.”
In “LAbyrinth,” Depp stars as Russell Poole, the detective who investigated the assassination of Biggie Smalls.
A rep for the actor declined Page Six‘s request for comment.
[Feature image: Johnny Depp/ Vianney Le Cae for Invision/Associated Press]