Johnny Depp needs to have his head examined when it comes to his spending — or at least that’s the claim in new court documents filed by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s former managers, who suggest that the actor “may suffer from a compulsive spending disorder.
The new papers, filed by Joel and Robert Mandel of The Mandel Company, state that the pair “did everything possible to protect Depp from his own irresponsible and profligate spending.”
“In retrospect, it appears that Depp may suffer from a compulsive spending disorder, which will be proven in this action through a mental examination of Depp pursuant to California Code of Civil Procedure § 2032.020, and expert testimony,” the Mandels’ amended cross-complaint, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, reads. “On information and belief, Depp’s flagrant bragging about his senseless and extreme spending to The Wall Street Journal is further evidence of his psychological issues.”
Depp sued The Management Group in January, accusing his former managers of “self-dealing and gross misconduct.” Among the misdeeds that Depp, who is seeking $25 million, alleges: Taking a 5 percent commission of the actor’s income, “in some cases regardless of whether Mr. Depp actually received any income himself or not” — a commission that was “exorbitant, excessive, and far outstripped the actual value of services TMG would be performing for Mr. Depp.”
The actor’s former managers fired off a cross-complaint shortly thereafter, accusing Depp of “living an ultra-extravagant lifestyle that knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford.”
Among the alleged extravagances, according to the Mandels: spending $30,000 a month on “expensive wine that [Depp] had flown to him around the world for his personal consumption.”
“Depp also paid over $3 million to blast from a specially made cannon the ashes of author Hunter S. Thompson over Aspen, Colo.,” their cross-complaint also alleges.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.