Johnny Depp decided it's better to pay a little cash to rid himself of a woman who claims the actor's bodyguard beat the crap out of her ... TMZ has learned.
TMZ broke the story ... Depp was at an Iggy Pop concert in L.A. in 2011 when a woman sitting next to him claims she got up and danced a little too close to him ... and she says the bodyguards unloaded on her ... allegedly dragging her to the ground, causing her pants to slip down to her ankles and "exposing her buttocks to other Hollywood Palladium Theater patrons."
She claimed severe injuries and filed a police report, but cops never bought her story and law enforcement sources told us she was just plain wasted. She subsequently sued Depp and others.
Now we've learned the woman -- Robin Eckert, who claims to be a professor of medicine at U.C. Irvine -- has settled her lawsuit.
We don't know how much Eckert got, but we're told the various defendants, including Depp, all anted up something to get her out of their hair.