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Countersued: Johnny Depp
Countersued: Johnny Depp

Kim Ripoll, Los Angeles

Johnny Depp's former business managers have countersued the actor claiming his lavish lifestyle that cost more than $2m (€1.85m) a month to maintain caused his recent financial troubles and that the star ignored their repeated warnings.

The countersuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court by The Management Group (TMG) comes about two weeks after Depp sued the company alleging it grossly mismanaged his earnings.

The lawsuit said Depp paid more than $75m (€69.7m) to buy and maintain 14 homes, including a chain of islands in the Bahamas.

Among the expenses listed in the countersuit were $3m spent to blast author Hunter Thompson's ashes out of a cannon and $30,000 a month spent on wine, the 'New York Post' reported.

Depp also spent heavily to buy a 150ft yacht, fly on private jets and cultivate collections of fine art and Hollywood memorabilia requiring 12 storage facilities to maintain, the lawsuit said.

Depp was repeatedly warned his spending was out of control but ignored his former advisers' advice, the lawsuit said.

"Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today," it stated.

The actor sued TMG on January 13 seeking more than $25m (€23.2m) he contends was mismanaged. His lawsuit also alleged the company failed to file Depp's taxes on time, costing him $5.7m in penalties.

Tuesday's countersuit said Depp's tax returns were always filed on time, and taxes were paid when the star had money available to pay them.

The company handled his finances from 1999 until early 2016, an especially lucrative period in the actor's career.

The countersuit seeks a judge's ruling that Depp is to blame for his financial troubles, and $560,000 in fees TMG said it is owed, on top of $4.2m the firm announced on January 13 it was seeking from Depp for repayment of a loan it said it made to the actor.

Irish Independent

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