No, Johnny Depp isn’t blaming someone else for why his hair, face, teeth, and body usually appear to have been smeared with a thick layer of grease and grime. This all has to do with the financial fight he’s been waging for a couple months against his former business management company, The Management Group.
In January, Johnny sued TMG for $25 million, alleging they committed fraud against him and cost him millions. TMG slapped back with their own lawsuit, alleging that Johnny’s extravagant spending is what has left him broke. Johnny’s lawyer responded to TMG’s claim by saying that TMG was gaslighting Johnny. Johnny’s lawyer is talking again, and just like last time, is playing the Poor Johnny card.
People says that Johnny’s lawyer Adam Waldman filed a complaint on Monday accusing TMG of nefarious mean girl tactics. Adam tells People that TMG has no defense against Johnny besides a plan to smear his name and reputation, like alleging he’s a loser who is bad with money. Johnny’s lawyer then implied that TMG is double-screwed, because not only do they have nothing against him, but he has some major dirt on them.
According to the documents, Johnny’s legal team claims they have “uncovered” evidence proving TMG got involved in some illegal bank loan business. Johnny’s team alleges TMG snuck provisions into a bank loan agreement that would benefit their company in a shady way. And apparently TMG was sloppy with Johnny’s taxes.
“Today we have shown definitively that TMG systematically failed to pay Mr. Depp’s taxes on time for 16 straight years, leading to at least $8.3 million in penalties for Mr. Depp according to the IRS and the law firm that TMG itself hired.”
A spokesperson shot back at the allegations with this statement they released to People:
“Johnny Depp’s amended complaint confirms there’s ‘no there there.’ Depp backs away from his most inflammatory claims in his original complaint and tries to fill the void by rehashing previous false allegations. TMG looks forward to setting the record straight and further exposing Depp’s persistent lies.”
Of course, Adam Waldman was quick to release a statement regarding their statement. Adam claims evidence supporting Johnny has been redacted from their complaint at the request of TMG’s attorneys. He adds that TMG is going to great lengths to temporarily seal evidence from the public’s view.
Despite all this messiness, another source tells People that Johnny is doing “really great” and is “very happy” right now.
I can’t say for certain whether TMG is actually running a smear campaign against Johnny Depp. All of TMGs allegations against Johnny are just that he buys stupid shit with the money in his bank account. That could be any Hollywood millionaire. Hell, I think I’m good with finances. But if you put me in front of a computer with a bank account full of millions, I’m sure I’d buy several small islands worth of wine and a $10,000 collection of vintage scarves too.