Johnny Depp Sued by Former Bodyguards for Unpaid Wages

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From the Tennesean.Com

Nashville Police Attempt to Seize Control of Private Event Security and Get Sued

Taxpayers are increasingly on the hook for millions in overtime, pension costs.

Two private security firms are seeking an injunction to stop the Metro Nashville Police Department from enforcing a new policy that forbids off-duty police officers from moonlighting as private security guards.

The legal filing on Wednesday by Nashville attorney Gary Blackburn is the latest development in a lawsuit filed last week that claims Nashville police methodically pushed out private security companies in a bid to achieve a monopoly on securing the city’s many special events. 

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From the Washington Post

EPA chief Scott Pruitt head of security resigns amid scrutiny.

As mentioned in a previous flash briefing, the head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt, has been in some hot water regarding his ethics issues. He reportedly wanted his motorcade to flash its lights and sirens to speed up trips to restaurants and airport and that Eric Weese, the former head of Pruitt’s protective detail, said he unsuccessfully tried to curb the behavior. He was replaced by Pasquale Perrotta, a former Secret Service agent who operates a private security company.

Well, yesterday, May 1, Pasquale “Nino” Perrotta, announced his retirement from the agency.

Perrotta faces congressional scrutiny for his role in Pruitt’s security arrangements, which have been more extensive than those of previous EPA administrators. He initially had planned to step down this summer but accelerated his retirement, officials said.

Perrotta is slated to meet with investigators at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee tomorrow Wednesday, May 3rd. 

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From ABC News.Com

All newly manufactured vehicles to be sold in the U.S. are required as of yesterday May 1st, to have backup cameras equipped as a standard feature. 

More than 200 people are killed and over 12,000 more are injured each year due to “backover” crashes, according to the Department of Transportation. Of those killed, more than half are children under 5 years old or adults 70 and older. Rearview cameras have already been found to reduce backup-related crashes by 17 percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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From the Telegraph.co.uk

Johnny Depp sued by former bodyguards for unpaid wages

Two of Johnny Depp’s former bodyguards have reportedly taken the actor to court, accusing him of failing to pay their wages and claiming they “were forced to protect Depp from himself”.

Eugene Arreola, a former detective with the Los Angeles police department, and Miguel Sanchez state that they worked for Depp for several years for a firm called Premier Group International. 

They describe a “toxic and dangerous working environment”, claiming that Depp’s head of security accidentally shot himself in the leg “while playing with his weapon in a small control room on Johnny Depp’s property.” 

They claim that they were used by Depp as babysitters, stating: “Plaintiffs found themselves in situations that required more than what a bodyguard would be expected to do,” including being “constantly used as drivers, driving back and forth at Depp’s or his family’s beckoning.” 

Mr. Arreola and Mr. Sanchez are seeking unpaid overtime, wages, meal and rest break compensation and penalties as well as legal fees plus damages. 

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