When claims emerged a few months ago that the actor Johnny Depp had spent $3 million on a specially made cannon to launch the ashes of Hunter S. Thompson over Aspen, Colorado, it no doubt raised an eyebrow or two.
But according to Depp himself, the cannon actually cost $5 million, he told the Wall Street Journal.
The figure is a current point of contention between Depp and his former management company, The Management Group. The two are in the midst of a legal battle over who is responsible for Depp’s current shaky, financial situation.
Depp had originally sued TMG for allegedly defrauding him of tens of millions of dollars and hiding his financial woes from him. He claims he only found out he was in financial trouble when they advised him to sell his French village.
TMG then filed a countersuit, claiming that Depp was told he was spending more money than he was earning, and that he refused to listen. He allegedly spent $30,000-a-month on wine, $200,000-a-month on private planes and $300,000-a-month to pay for his private staff of 40 people, and of course, there’s the cannon.
“It’s my money,” Depp told The Wall Street Journal. “If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it’s my thing.”