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Johnny Depp’s ex-managers reveal explosive details of the star’s compulsive spending

An explosive development in Johnny Depp’s legal battle against his ex-managers alleges that the star can’t memorise scripts and is fed lines through an earpiece. The papers also say that Depp has psychological issues and compulsive spending disorder.

hollywood Updated: May 02, 2017 17:26 IST
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Johnny Depp arrives at the premiere of Alice Through the Looking Glass at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles. (Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)

Johnny Depp’s “psychological issues” may have led to his “compulsive spending disorder” claim his ex-managers in an explosive lawsuit which also goes on to allege that the Pirates of the Caribbean star has a man on retainer to feed him lines on movie sets so that he doesn’t have to memorise the script.

According to the BBC, Depp’s ex-managers, who are locked in a legal war with the star over mismanagement of money, said that he needs a “mental examination” to address his out of control spending and “flagrant bragging” about his money.

The new papers, filed by Joel and Robert Mandel of The Mandel Company, state that the pair “did everything possible to protect Depp from his own irresponsible and profligate spending.”

Actor Johnny Depp speaks at a rally opposing Arkansas' upcoming executions, which are set to begin again. ( AP )

“In retrospect, it appears that Depp may suffer from a compulsive spending disorder” the Mandels’ amended cross-complaint, filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court, reads. “On information and belief, Depp’s flagrant bragging about his senseless and extreme spending to The Wall Street Journal is further evidence of his psychological issues.”

Among the alleged extravagances, according to the Mandels: Spending $30,000 (Rs 20 lakh) a month on “expensive wine that (Depp) had flown to him around the world for his personal consumption,” to which Depp’s representatives responded: “Wine is not an investment if you drink it as soon as you buy it.”

The report also alleges that Depp spent over $75 million (Rs 480 crore) in acquiring 14 residences around the world. They also say he bought 45 luxury vehicles, 70 collectible guitars and enough Hollywood memorabilia to fill 12 storage facilities.

Depp spent up to $1.2m (Rs 7 crore) a year for a “personal on-call physician” and “millions more to employ an army of attorneys”, they allege.

Mandel also said in the papers that Depp paid hundreds of thousands to employ a sound engineer “for years to feed him lines during film production. Depp insisted that this sound engineer be kept on yearly retainer so that he no longer had to memorise his lines.”

A lawyer for the star called these allegations “psychobabble”.

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First Published: May 02, 2017 17:25 IST