Johnny Depp is still battling his former management company, The Management Group, over millions of his missing dollars. Johnny is suing TMG for mismanaging his money, TMG counter-sued Johnny and accused him of blowing through his money like a rich idiot. Johnny slapped back at TMG by telling The Wall Street Journal he can spend his money on as much stupid shit as he wants. TMG recently added to the list of stupid things Johnny spends money on, as well as an armchair diagnosis of why he spends like he does. Is it Acute Millionaireitus? Someone get psychology expert Dr. Phil on the line.
BBC News says that TMG filed an amendment to their counter-suit on Monday implying Johnny has a “compulsive spending disorder” and suggests that he need a “mental examination.” TMG also claims they “did everything possible” to protect Johnny from his reckless spending. Oh, but did they really? Did they put all his credit cards in a block of ice in the freezer and make him pay for his scarves in cash? Johnny’s lawyer responded to TMG’s claims by calling it “psychobabble.”
TMG alleges that Johnny compulsively spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to a sound engineer to feed him lines on set through an earpiece. The documents claim that Johnny insisted his line helper be kept on a yearly retainer so that he doesn’t have to memorize his lines anymore, and that he’s used this script-cheating system for years.
As for what else Johnny allegedly wasted his money on, it’s pretty much exactly what you’d expect a crazy Hollywood actor would buy. TMG claims he bought 45 luxury vehicles, 70 guitars, Hollywood memorabilia to fill 12 storage units, “hush money settlements“, and spent more than $75 million on houses and islands.
Despite the fact that Johnny seems like the poster hobo for financial stupidity, I can’t get mad at the thousands of dollars he gave to that sound engineer. First of all, Johnny’s laziness is creating jobs. Second, feeding lines to Johnny Depp sounds like the easiest gig in the world. You don’t even have to pay attention; if you forget what page of the script you’re on, all you have to do is whisper “Uh, make random noises in a vaguely British accent and do some eyebrow work.” That’s guaranteed to buy you at least an hour or two.