The strange saga of Johnny Depp’s legal battle with his former management company, The Management Group (TMG) has taken another turn.
The two are in the midst of a legal battle over who is responsible for Depp’s current and reportedly shaky, financial situation. Now his distaste for flying coach has been revealed.
In an email exchange from December 2009 that was just released by Depp’s ex-business managers, Depp offered to sell a multitude of his possessions but refused to give up his penchant for private jet travel.
“A commercial flight with paparazzis in tow would be a fucking nightmare of monumental proportions,” he wrote in the email to Joel Mandel of TMG.
“What else can i do??? you want me to sell some art??? i will. you want me to sell something else??? sure… what???” Depp wrote. “i got bikes, cars, property, books, paintings and some semblance of a soul left. where would you like me to start???”
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 splashed out $5 million on a cannon to launch the ashes of Hunter S. Thompson over Aspen, Colorado.
“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.”
Next week, nine of Depp’s Jean-Michel Basquiat paintings will be auctioned in London and last year the actor listed a collection of penthouses in Los Angeles.