The Straits Times
Published on Oct 30, 2012

Woman claims damages over Depp guards 'attack'


LOS ANGELES (AFP) - A female United States (US) academic who claims she was assaulted by Johnny Depp's security guards while he was present can sue the US star for punitive damages, a judge ruled on Monday.

Dr Robin Eckert, a medical professor at University of California (UC) Irvine, claims Depp and his guards became aggressive with her at a concert in Los Angeles last December.

The academic had bought tickets for the VIP area at the show by Iggy and the Stooges. During a break between acts she left the area, and the confrontation occurred when she tried to return.

At one point she was dragged across the floor, Dr Eckert claims. "This case arises from a highly painful and embarrassing attack, which occurred without cause or justification on my part," she said in a statement to court.