If Jack Sparrow likes Rum, Johnny Depp is a real wine lover!
Depp’s former business associates say the actor knowingly spent $2 million or more a month to maintain his “ultra-extravagant lifestyle” during the 17 years in which they worked together, according to a complaint filed Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court and posted by The Hollywood Reporter.
The allegations are part of a countersuit against Depp, who filed a lawsuit in mid-January against The Management Group (TMG) and its associates for defrauding him and mismanaging his money. Depp is seeking damages of at least $25 million. It also details some of the actor’s alleged expenses, which TMG claims it “warned and advised Depp to reduce.”
The alleged expenses include:
— $75 million to buy and decorate 14 residences
— $18 million to buy and renovate a 150-foot yacht
— $3 million to blast author Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a specially-made cannon
— $300,000 a month on his 40 full-time staff members
— $150,000 a month on full-time security for himself and his family
— $30,000 a month on wines flown to him from around the globe
TMG says in the suit. “Depp has only himself to blame for his current financial woes.”
Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman issued the following statement to Fortune and reiterated that Depp’s suit against TMG is about fraud, not financial distress: “How cataloging alleged spending by Mr. Depp of his own money could somehow absolve the defendants of a large and multi-faceted mosaic of wrongdoing will ultimately be determined by the Court.”
The battle between Depp and his former money managers comes right after the actor’s drawn-out divorce from actress Amber Heard, which was finalized on Jan. 13. Heard filed for divorce from Depp in May 2016, accusing him of physical and verbal abuse.