Johnny Depp and his former business managers at The Management Group (TMG) are currently deep in several lawsuits. Johnny has sued them, accusing them of secretly spending his cash and leaving him with nothing. TMG is suing Johnny, saying it’s his own fault for going broke.
We’ve only really heard Johnny’s side of things through leaked legal documents, but Johnny recently sat down for a 72-hour interview with Rolling Stone at his home in London to clear the air. Metaphorically, of course; even the strongest air purifiers are no match for whatever is lingering on Johnny Depp.
Among the allegations made by Johnny’s former managers at TMG are that Johnny has spent more than $500,000 in warehouse storage fees, that he spent $7000 on a couch from the set of Keeping Up With The Kardashians for his daughter, that he spends $30,000 a month on wine and that he dropped $3 million to blow the ashes of his friend Hunter S. Thompson out of a cannon. You might think that a guy who is facing allegations of completely stupid spending habits might try to deny he’s terrible with money, but not Johnny.
“It’s insulting to say that I spent $30,000 on wine. Because it was far more. By the way, it was not $3 million to shoot Hunter into the fucking sky. It was $5 million.”
Rolling Stone did some research and they found evidence that the ash-blasting stunt only cost $3 million, and that Johnny might have just been exaggerating. Johnny appears to be so bad with money, I’m starting to think he doesn’t actually know his numbers. He just sees a dollar sign and is like “Yeah, I can afford whatever comes after that.”
Even though Johnny appears to be bragging about how dumb he is with money, he still maintains that TMG didn’t manage his finances properly or pay his taxes on time, and never informed him when things were going south.
Aside from money problems, Johnny talked about what happened after his divorce from Amber Heard. Due to the NDA they both signed when the divorce was settled, he can’t say anything specific. But he’d like you to know that post-abuse allegations Johnny was just so sad.
“I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t see the page anymore. I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this. I’d tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone. The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.”
Johnny also talked about the drug allegations, and if he’s hoping to convince us he doesn’t inhale more drugs than the vacuum at a pharmacy, he’s going about it the wrong way.
Later that night, Depp laments the passing of quaaludes from the drug scene. He reminisces about the bootleg ‘ludes he used to take. “They’re made with just a little bit of arsenic, or strychnine,” says Depp. He stands up and a grin spreads across his face. “So the high was far more immediate.”
Once, Depp asked a Florida bouncer to punch him while on ‘ludes just for kicks. “You either wanted to smile and just be happy with your pals, or fuck, or fight,” he says.
On the topic of being too messed up to work, there’s TMG’s allegation that Johnny is at the point now where he’s spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sound engineer who feeds him his lines on set through an earpiece. Johnny doesn’t deny that he uses an earpiece, but argues that he’s only getting sound effects to help him act better.
“I’ve got bagpipes, a baby crying and bombs going off. It creates a truth. Some of my biggest heroes were in silent film. It had to be behind the eyes. And my feeling is, that if there’s no truth behind the eyes, doesn’t matter what the fucking words are.”
If only Johnny could keep that earpiece in all the time. Maybe every time Johnny went to blow tens of thousands on wine, the guy on the other end could do him a favor and provide the sound of a repo truck pulling up to one of his 14 mansions.