The former managers of Johnny Depp have fired the latest salvo in their legal battle with their ex-client, filing an amended cross-complaint alleging even more exorbitant spending by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor — including $7,000 for a “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” couch.
In Thursday’s filing, The Management Group (TMG) reel off numerous expenditures that the actor allegedly made.
“TMG repeatedly warned and advised Depp to reduce his spending and sell unnecessary assets. But ultimately, the decision whether and how to spend his money was a decision for Depp to make,” the filing reads. “Depp listened to no one, including TMG and his other advisors, and he demanded they fund a lifestyle that was extravagant and extreme.”
The papers allege Depp’s “ultra-extravagant lifestyle” cost more than $2 million to maintain, which he “simply could not afford.”
Among the newly alleged expenditures listed in the amended cross-complaint: “well over $500,000” in rental fees for the storage facilities where the actor keeps his Hollywood memorabilia; approximately $1 million in expenses for his private Bahamian islands; $17,000 in handbags and luggage from Prada; and $7,000 to “pay for and then store a couch from the set of ‘Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ … which was a present for his daughter, Lily-Rose.”
The amended cross-complaint also takes issue with Depp’s assertion that TMG made unauthorized loans with his funds, saying that the people they allegedly made the loans to are still in Depp’s camp.
“To underscore just how frivolous this claim is, on information and belief, Depp has made no claim for reimbursement of any of these funds,” the cross-complaint reads. “Depp would attempt to have the world believe that TMG acted improperly at the same time he is still employing these two individuals in important, high-level positions even after they supposedly took well over $7 million in unauthorized distributions. Of course, this is not the case and Depp knows it.”
“Today TMG filed its amended Cross-Complaint, which includes the mirror image of Johnny Depp’s tenth claim for declaratory relief. Depp’s exorbitant spending remains at the center of this case,” TMG attorney Michael Kump told TheWrap in a statement. “The Cross-Complaint is being redacted because Depp is doing everything in his power to hide the identity of the friends and family to whom TMG supposedly distributed money without his authorization. Depp knows how ridiculous he will look when these false allegations are publicly disclosed.”
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 management firm filed a cross-complaint shortly thereafter, saying that they’d warned Depp about his spending and accusing Depp of a number of extravagant expenditures, including spending $75 million on 14 residences throughout the world; dropping more than $18 million to buy and renovate a 150-foot yacht; and 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.,” the cross-complaint said.
Pamela Chelin contributed to this report.