Johnny Depp’s Tupac and Biggie Smalls murder mystery City of Lies is facing more legal trouble. The film stars Depp as the real-life LAPD detective Russell Poole. Poole was assigned to investigate the murders of both rappers, and his journey to find the killers led him down a dangerous road of secrets. As interesting as the movie sounds, it has hit more than a few snags in its mission to find a nationwide debut.
Depp was first accused of assaulting a crew member on the set of City of Lies, which embroiled him in one lawsuit. Depp’s divorce from Amber Heard and the subsequent decline of his mental health has also been at the center of the press. As if that wasn’t enough, fans also began to speculate about Depp’s physical health after photos of him looking thin appeared online. Now, it’s being reported that Depp’s City of Lies has been hit with another lawsuit.
City of Lies was slated to drop on September 7, but it was shelved due to the legal drama surrounding Depp. According to PageSix, Bank Leumi filed papers in California federal court this week suing City of Lies distributor Global Road. The Israeli bank claims that the company owes them millions in guaranteed payments that they are attempting to escape paying because of the film’s ongoing drama. Miramax (which owns the TV rights to the film) and Global Roads refuse to give in to the bank’s request for payments. According to court documents, Miramax stated that, “no payment is due,” because of “significant problems with the production [that] have significantly devalued [the film], including . . . the highly publicized alleged off-screen conduct of Johnny Depp, as well as a lawsuit filed against Mr. Depp and the production because he allegedly physically attacked a crew member on the set.” Bank Leumi is asking for $10,000,000 in marketing and distribution expenses.