Johnny Depp Claims Self-Defense in Response to Alleged On Set Assault Against Crew Member

Johnny Depp Claims Self-Defense in Response to Alleged On Set Assault Against Crew Member

Johnny Depp is claiming he was acting in self-defense in response to an alleged altercation that took place on the set of his upcoming movie City of Lies.

Location manager Gregg Brooks accused Depp of punching him on set in a lawsuit filed earlier this year. Depp filed a response on Monday claiming he feared for his safety during the April 2017 altercation, according to papers obtained by The Blast.

Brooks asked for damages in his lawsuit, but Depp denies owing Brooks anything since he claims he was “provoked” by Brooks’ “unlawful and wrongful conduct.” Depp claims he feared “for his safety” during the incident. He further explains he “observed” director Brad Furman also “fear for his safety” at the time.

Depp’s attorney previously told PEOPLE “all of the claims made by the location manager are absurd. We will prove that as we fight this case.”

Furman responded to reports of the altercation with a statement to Page Six in May, calling the alleged incident “exaggerated” and Depp “a consummate professional, great collaborator and a supporter of other artists.”

In court documents obtained by PEOPLE in July, Brooks claimed the actor became angry when Brooks told him they only had one more shot and allegedly punched him twice in the ribs after screaming, “Who the f— are you? You have no right to tell me what to do.” The location manager claimed Depp continued screaming at him until he was eventually removed from set by his bodyguards.

As a result of the alleged incident, Brooks said in the complaint that he “suffered pain, severe humiliation, mental anguish, and emotional and physical distress, and has been injured in mind and body.”

City of Lies — which took place in Los Angeles after rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s death with Depp playing the detective assigned to the case — was recently pulled from its September release date by the studio.

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Tennessee Mom Learns She Has Sepsis Just Days After Giving Birth: I 'Could Be Dead Right Now'

Tennessee Mom Learns She Has Sepsis Just Days After Giving Birth: I 'Could Be Dead Right Now'

Autumn Benjamin, of Tennessee, was eager to begin life with her new daughter, Layla Vance, but a near-fatal health scare nearly put an end to her journey as a mother before it even began.

“A week after I brought my daughter into the world, I almost left it,” Benjamin, 22, tells PEOPLE.

It all began in the weeks before Benjamin gave birth to her daughter on Jan. 25. Benjamin says she would sometimes feel feverish, but didn’t think much of the symptom, as doctors determined that she didn’t have the flu.

However, after welcoming the little girl, Benjamin’s symptoms grew worse.

She came down with a severe fever, experienced dizzy spells fainted, and even found a blood clot while in the shower. She took Tylenol and listened to family members and friends who told her that her symptoms were normal after delivering a baby.

“The reason I didn’t go to the hospital initially is because I had people in my ear telling me I was over-exaggerating how I was feeling,” she recalls. “I had anxiety about leaving my daughter, because I knew if I went to the ER I wouldn’t have her with me. I didn’t want to go, and be away from her.”

Benjamin had been home for one week before she went to the doctor about her symptoms. There, her obstetrician told her she had severe sepsis, and the illness could have been fatal if the new mom had waited any longer to see a doctor.

“She was upset with me for not coming in. She told me, ‘If you would’ve waited, you could be dead right now,’ ” Benjamin recalls, noting that she was devastated at the thought of her daughter growing up without her. “It was a very scary thought. I don’t want that for her. I wanted to be there for her every waking moment. I knew I had to get better.”

Doctors also determined that Benjamin’s pelvis was filled and “congested” with blood clots. She says this was likely due to pressure on her pelvis during the pregnancy. Doctors told her that the situation could’ve been deadly had she waited just one more day to seek help.

“She told me, ‘With how sick you were, you could’ve been dead within a couple of days. This is serious,’ ” Benjamin recalls.

Although maternal and postpartum sepsis are more common in developing countries, the illness was responsible for 12.7 percent of pregnancy-rela

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Champions Star and Former Disney Actor Josie Totah, 17, Comes Out as Transgender

Champions Star and Former Disney Actor Josie Totah, 17, Comes Out as Transgender

J.J. Totah has come out as transgender.

In a personal essay published Monday on Time, 17-year-old Totah, who stars as Michael Patel on Mindy Kaling’s comedy Champions, revealed, “I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female” and also announced her new name: Josie.

Totah, a former Disney actor, shared that throughout her childhood, “people would just assume I was gay,” and when she entered into the entertainment industry, “people kept assuming my identity.”

“Numerous reporters have asked me in interviews how it feels to be a young gay man. I was even introduced that way before receiving an award from an LGBTQ+ rights organization. I understand that they didn’t really know better,” Totah wrote. “I almost felt like I owed it to everybody to be that gay boy. But that has never been the way I think of myself.”

Up until now, Totah hasn’t corrected people’s assumptions: “I was afraid I wouldn’t be accepted, that I would be embarrassed, that the fans who knew me from the time when I acted in a Disney show would be confused.”

Now, Totah has chosen to be open after realizing “over the past few years that hiding my true self is not healthy.”

“My pronouns are she, her and hers. I identify as female, specifically as a transgender female. And my name is Josie Totah,” said Totah.

While Totah shares that she “always knew on some level that I was female” from the time of adolescence, “it crystallized about three years ago when I was a 14-year-old watching the show I Am Jazz with my mother.” (At the end of June, TLC star Jazz Jennings underwent gender confirmation surgery.)

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Totah explained, “As I learned more information about hormone replacement therapy, I knew that this was what I had to do. I looked over at her in the middle of the show and said, ‘This is me. I’m transgender. And I need to go through this.’ ”

Her mother was immensely supportive, and Totah swiftly met with doctors and was put on a hormone blocker. “From that point on, I hit the ground running.”

“Like many trans people, I developed serious anxiety as I hid who I was. In some ways, I felt like I was lying by letting people believe I w

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RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants Dress Up Like Jennifer Lopez in Honor of Her MTV Award

RuPaul's Drag Race Contestants Dress Up Like Jennifer Lopez in Honor of Her MTV Award

On Monday night Jennifer Lopez will be taking home the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards, and while the star has been looking back at some of her most iconic music videos (and fashion moments) in anticipation, some of her biggest fans are taking the excitement a step further and actually dressing up as Lopez.

RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Ongina, Yuhua Hamasaki and Naysha Lopez each recreated some of Lopez’s most memorable red carpet outfits in a fun new fashion photoshoot.

Ongina recreated Lopez’s 2009 plunging Marchesa Golden Globes dress in her own version, by Beverly Luxe.

Hamasaki paid homage to Lopez’s iconic, daringly low-cut 2000 Grammy Awards Versace dress in a similar printed dress with thigh-high slit.

And Naysha recreated Lopez’s 2006 MTV VMAs sparkles-from-every-angle silver mini dress teamed with a headscarf with a spot-on matching outfit from Monique Vee.

Check out PEOPLE’s full MTV VMAs coverage to get the latest news on one of music’s biggest nights.

Lopez is also celebrating her big performance by reminiscing on some of her most popular music videos. She’s been sharing on-set stories from videos like “Jenny from the Block,” “I’m Glad” and her 2001 hit “I’m Real,” for which she explained that her now-iconic Juicy Couture sweatsuit was her idea.

“The stylists brought me all this fancy couture from all the big designers,” she shared. “But this little known company Juicy sent these sweatsuits for me to chill and hang out in…I loved them so much I decided to wear it in the video with my throwback Adidas and my nameplate and a bun.”

We’ve even been celebrating at PeopleStyle by looking back at every MTV VMAs red carpet outfit she’s worn throughout the years.

The MTV VMAs are broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall in New York City on Monday, Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.

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New Medical Report Recommends a 'Prescription for Play' from Pediatricians

New Medical Report Recommends a 'Prescription for Play' from Pediatricians

All work and no play is not what the doctor ordered.

Published Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a new clinical report titled “The Power of Play: A Pediatric Role in Enhancing Development in Young Children” emphasizes the importance of play in children’s lives — so much so that the report authors are advising a literal prescription for it.

“We’re recommending that doctors write a prescription for play, because it’s so important,” said pediatrician Michael Yogman, MD, FAAP, who was one of five lead authors on the report. “Play with parents and peers is fundamentally important for developing a suite of 21st century skills, including social, emotional, language and cognitive skills, all needed by the next generation in an economically competitive world that requires collaboration and innovation.”

He added, “The benefits of play cannot really be overstated in terms of mitigating stress, improving academic skills and helping to build the safe, stable and nurturing relationships that buffer against toxic stress and build social-emotional resilience.”

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The report defines different types of play — object, physical, outdoor and pretend — and explains play development, as well as its effects on the brain and how lower stress levels and play are closely connected. It also advises pediatricians to literally prescribe play “at every well-child visit in the first 2 years of life.”

Another author of the report, pediatrician Jeffrey Hutchinson, MD, FAAP, opines that electronic devices can actually stand majorly in the way of reaping some of the deeper benefits of play.

“Media use such as television, video games, smartphone and tablet apps are increasingly distracting children from play,” he said. “It’s concerning when immersion in electronic media takes away time for real play, either outdoors or indoors.”

“Although active engagement with age-appropriate media can be beneficial for older children, especially if supported by co-watching or co-play with peers or parents, real-time social interaction

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