Johnny Depp spent $3M to shoot Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon, lawsuit claims

Johnny Depp in Mortdecai (credit: Lionsgate)

From his artwork, to his LA penthouse, to his French village, Johnny Depp has certainly been ridding himself of some pretty hefty assets lately.

A new lawsuit sheds light on why the controversial movie star might be making those sales. Filed by Depp’s ex-managers, the suit — which is actually a countersuit to a lawsuit Depp originally filed against them — claims that Depp spent obscene amounts of money on frivolities that have led to his financial ruin. He allegedly spent $30,000-a-month on wine, $3 million to blast Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes out of a cannon, $200,000-a-month on private planes and $300,000-a-month to pay for his private staff of 40 people.

Depp had originally sued his management company, TMG, for allegedly defrauding him of tens of millions of dollars and hiding that state of affairs from him. He claims he only found out he was in financial trouble when they advised him to sell his French village. Now this countersuit claims that Depp in fact was told over and over again by TMG that he was spending more money than he was earning, and that he refused to listen.

“Depp often responded by rebuking and cursing his business managers for issuing such warnings and advice, while increasing his extravagant lifestyle and spending, and demanding that his business managers find some way to pay for it all,” the lawsuit reads, “Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today. He has refused to live within his means, despite the best efforts of TMG and the repeated warnings about his financial condition from TMG and his other advisors.”

TMG claims that Depp owes them $4.2 million and filed a non-judicial foreclosure proceeding on his home to recoup that debt.

Depp’s lawyers released the following statement in reply: “How cataloguing alleged spending by Mr. Depp of his own money could somehow absolve the defendants of their large and multi-faceted mosaic of wrongdoing will ultimately be determined by the Court.” [Variety]