Counterclaim against Depps mismanagement suit alleges actor in fiscal turmoil, with catalogue of spending including $30,000 a month on wine
Former managers for the actor Johnny Depp have alleged he spent$ 3m firing the late writer Hunter S Thompsons ashes from a cannon.
All Im doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true, told Depp at the time. I only want to send my sidekick out the style he wants to go out. Depp played gonzo novelist Thompson in the 1998 movie Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas the two men remained friends until Thompsons death in 2005.
Thompson, who shot himself aged 67, had said that he would like his ashes scattered in such a style. He loved detonations, said Thompsons widow, Anita.
The claim that Depp bankrolled the ceremony, which involved hoisting the cannon to the top of a 47 m tower on Thompsons Colorado farm, had not been widely publicised until now. Other attendees included John Kerry, Jack Nicholson, John Cusack, Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro, Sean Penn, Josh Hartnett and Ralph Steadman.
Depps spend on the service was one of a number of extravagant fiscal acts alleged by his former managers, The Management Group. They launched a countersuit on 31 January in response to Depps $25 m claim earlier last month that The Management Group defrauded him, mismanaged his finances, took out loans without his approval and hid the extent of his spending from him.
The countersuit answers by saying that Depp was maintained fully briefed and the poor nation of his finances was down to profligacy. Other alleged spends include $18 m on a 150 -foot yacht,$ 4m on a failed record label, $30,000 a month on wine, $200,000 a month on private airplanes, $150,000 a month on security and $300,000 a month maintaining 40 staff.
The countersuit claims that rather than heeding advice, he often responded by rebuking and cursing his business directors for issuing such warns and advice, while increasing his extravagant lifestyle and spending, and demanding that his business directors find some style to pay for it all.
Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he detects himself in today. He has refused to live within his entails, despite the best efforts of TMG and the repeated warns about his financial condition from TMG and his other advisors.
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