Scoop: Countersuit claims Johnny Depp responsible for his own spending woes

Now Johnny Depp is in hot water about too much spending.

TMG, his former business management company, says he spent $75 million on 14 residences, $18 million on a yacht and $30,000 per month on wine, in a countersuit filed in Los Angeles on Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

Earlier this month, Depp sued The Management Group, charging that it collected $28 million in contingent fees he never agreed to, didn’t file or pay his taxes properly, didn’t keep up his books, and loaned nearly $10 million of his money to third parties without authorization.

But Joel and Robert Mandel of TMG said their company did everything it could to handle Depp’s finances responsibly, and the actor was repeatedly warned about “wanton” spending jeopardizing his financial future.

“Depp lived an ultra-extravagant lifestyle that often knowingly cost Depp in excess of $2 million per month to maintain, which he simply could not afford,” Michael Kump, TMG lawyer, wrote in the cross-complaint.

Other wild expenses included $3 million to blast the ashes of author Hunter Thompson over Aspen, Colo., from a cannon.

TMG says Depp’s suit is an attempt to derail proceedings it is pursuing against the actor, as the company tries to recoup some $4 million he owes them.

TMG, which worked with Depp from 1999 until early 2016, is suing Depp for breach of contract.

Depp’s attorney Matthew Kanny didn’t immediately respond to the Hollywood Reporter’s queries about the cross-complaint.


Berkeley Repertory Theatre announced that artistic director Tony Taccone will leave the company following the 2018-19 season, its 50th, after serving 33 years with the group, and 22 in the top role. … Orva Hoskinson, who co-founded San Francisco’s Lamplighters Music Theatre in 1952, died last week at 92; fittingly, the Gilbert & Sullivan troupe is dedicating its current performances of “Patience” to Hoskinson, a director and actor who appeared as Reginald Bunthorne in the group’s 1958 production of “Patience,” and again in 1975 — a snippet of his fun performance is on YouTube. … Oakland writer Marla Cooper’s 2016 “Terror in Taffeta” is up for an Agatha Award for best first novel, and a Leftie Award (which honors outstanding humorous mysteries) for best debut mystery novel. Her upcoming follow-up, also featuring wedding-planner/detective Kelsey McKenna, is the wine-country set “Dying on the Vine.”


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— Staff, wire reports

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