23 March 2018
Give ED enough time to deliver-US envoy
ZACC storm as millions of dollars suits pile up
Pari acussed of jobs for wife's relatives
Zimbos sad under Zanu PF govt: report
Chamisa invades Zanu PF strongholds
Zapu swallows Barbara Nyagomo’s PDZ
Torrent of blows as wife insists on HIV test
Teen mum chokes kid to death, burns house
Ramaphosa calls for single African currency
Moti Group doubles Zim investments
Deported anti-Bob SA band back at Hifa
Grace house arrest play rocks Masvingo
Cricket: UAE shatter Zim WCup dreams
Dynamos coach livid as Epoupua still unpaid
Follow Honourable Eddie Cross's example
Mugabe spoke for the marginalised, but
2018: of humour, fair analysis, healthy race
ZimDiaspora: Bum cleaners, runaway fathers?

Lawsuit: Depp $2M monthly spending to blame for money woes

31/01/2017 00:00:00
by Associated Press
Johnny Depp

LOS ANGELES: Johnny Depp's former business managers countersued the actor on Tuesday claiming his lavish lifestyle that cost more than $2 million a month to maintain caused his recent financial troubles and that the star ignored their repeated warnings.

The countersuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by The Management Group comes about two weeks after Depp sued the company alleging it grossly mismanaged his earnings.

The lawsuit said Depp paid more than $75 million to buy and maintain 14 homes, including a French chateau and a chain of islands in the Bahamas.

Depp also spent heavily to buy a 150-foot yacht, fly on private jets and cultivate collections of fine art and Hollywood memorabilia requiring 12 storage facilities to maintain, the lawsuit said.

Depp was repeatedly warned by the company that his spending was out of control but ignored his former advisors' advice to control his spending, the lawsuit said.

"Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today," the lawsuit stated.

Depp sued The Management Group on Jan. 13 seeking more than $25 million he contends was mismanaged. His lawsuit also alleged the company failed to file Depp's taxes on time, costing him $5.7 million in penalties.

Tuesday's countersuit said Depp's tax returns were always filed on time, and taxes were paid when the star had money available to pay them.

The company handled his finances from 1999 until early 2016, an especially lucrative period in the actor's career.

During that time, Depp launched the blockbuster "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and other big-budget releases, including "Alice in Wonderland" and the 2005 film "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory."

Depp's attorneys did not immediately respond to email and phone messages seeking comment.

The countersuit seeks a judge's ruling that Depp is to blame for his financial troubles, and $560,000 in fees The Management Group said it is owed.

The money being sought comes on top of $4.2 million the firm announced on Jan. 13 that it was seeking from Depp for repayment of a loan it said it made to the actor.


Depp is not the first blockbuster star to take his former managers to court alleging mismanagement.

Nicolas Cage sued his former business manager seeking $20 million for alleged mismanagement in 2009 and the manager in a countersuit cited the actor's spending for his financial troubles. The case was resolved before trial.


Email this to a friend Printable Version Discuss This Story
Share this article:

Digg it






Face Book



comments powered by Disqus
RSS NewsTicker