Johnny Depp can draw from a lot of personal drama at the moment to put his best acting foot forward. Dealing with the aftermath of a public and messy divorce to actress Amber Heard while trying to take $25m off his former business partners. Seen this week on the set of his new movie LAByrinth with a mustache and cream colored coat, the 53-year old is trying to keep as busy as possible via this project alongside Forest Whitaker.
Playing a disgraced L.A.P.D. officer who cannot crack the two murder cases of Tupac Shakur in 1996 and the Notorious BIG a year later in 1997, Whitaker's investigative journalist character helps Depp find the truth. And, in doing so, pits them against Los Angeles law enforcement. The adaptation of Randall Sullivan’s book is directed by Brad Furman of The Lincoln Lawyer fame.
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Depp Goes After Shady Managers For Millions
Filed in Los Angeles Superior Court this week prior to shooting LAByrinth, Depp is going after a collection of managers who looked after his assets and affairs known as The Management Group (TMG). They fired back at Depp to call his spending irresponsible. But that is not preventing the actor from suing Joel and Robert Mandel in the order of $25m. The lawsuit makes claims of unauthorized loans, failing to pay his taxes and overpaying for other services like security.
The 52 page document goes into great detail about the conflict in accounts, but summarizes the disagreement in one key paragraph. "Mr Depp lost tens of millions of dollars and has been forced to dispose of significant assets to pay for TMG's self-dealing and gross misconduct."
The Management Group represented Depp from 1999 until March 2016, accumulating a lot of business and major features across his illustrious career. The lawyer Michael Kump representing TMG though argues the Black Mass star does not have a leg to stand on, legally speaking.
"His tactics and lawsuit will fail, and he will be forced to pay back the loan as promised," Kump remarked.
Done Divorce With Heard
The negotiations were rough on both parties, but eventually Amber Heard and Johnny Depp settled on terms over their divorce. Depp agreed to a fee of $7m to the actress, who said she would give every cent to charity rather than pocket the cash.
30-year old Heard was also given possession of their two dogs Pistol and Boo, with the two pooches making headlines in Australia in 2015 following their illegal arrival. That scandal sparked a frenzy of news on the couple as their relationship deteriorated, followed by allegations of domestic abuse accompanied with a public video condemning Depp.