Disabled Depp Accuser’s Lawsuit Tossed

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Johnny Depp appears to have dodged a bad-publicity bullet — at least for the moment.

A judge in L.A. County Superior Court today dismissed a potentially embarrassing lawsuit against the actor, in which a disabled woman claimed that the actor’s bodyguards attacked her and pulled her pants off,  according to TMZ.com.

Robin Eckert, a 52-year-old professor of medicine at UC Irvine, alleged in her suit that Depp’s bodyguards prevented her from taking her seat in the V.I.P. area at an Iggy Pop concert in December 2011, and grabbed  her without provocation, stealing her phone, handcuffing her and eventually dragging her along the ground, “causing her pants to be removed from her body and ‘exposing her buttocks.'”

Eckert, who claimed that the bodyguards’ actions aggravated her “pre-existing spondyloarthritis and fibromyalgia,” sued as “Jane Doe,” despite filing an initial police report under her real name shortly after the incident. The judge found that the plaintiff had “no justification” for filing anonymously and threw the case out.

Depp’s legal woes may not be entirely over, however. According to the judge, Eckert may refile her suit in the next 20 days,  but only under her legal name.

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