'You want me to sell some art?': Johnny Depp's financial woes laid bare

Actor Johnny Depp's spending is under the microscope in a US court.
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Actor Johnny Depp's spending is under the microscope in a US court.

The extent of Johnny Depp's financial woes have been laid bare in court.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing his ex-business managers, claiming they owe him US$25 million [NZ$34.5 million] because they allegedly mismanaged his earnings throughout the height of his acting career. 

His former agents aren't going down without a fight, though. TMG says it never mismanaged Depp's earnings, arguing the star is in fact responsible for his own financial problems thanks to ultra-extravagant spending – think everything from garages stacked with Hollywood memorabilia to a chain of islands in the Bahamas. 

On Monday, TMG submitted Depp's personal emails to the Superior Court of California, in the US, in an attempt to prove they tried, unsuccessfully, to get the Hollywood star to rein in his spending.

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In 2009, TMG principal Joel Mandel wrote to Depp to tell him he was "getting us through" financially, but more work needed to be done. 

"First, we need to 'take it easy' on holiday spending," he wrote. "Second, we need to discuss some dollar limit in the upcoming [John] Dillinger auction.

"Third, I need to be able to sit with you on your return from this trip, and before you leave for France, so that we can talk about where we are financially, what we have borrowed in order to sustain ourselves, and what we have had to do to obtain those borrowings."

The raft of documents revealed TMG at one stage organised a $US1.98 million [NZ$2.4 million] loan for its client.

The next day, Depp replied and said he was doing his "very best on holiday spending". 

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"But there is only so much I can do as I need to give my kiddies and famille [sic] as good a Christmas as possible, obviously within reason," he wrote.

"But, regarding the plan situation, I don't have all that many options at the moment. A commercial flight with paparazzis in tow would be a f****** nightmare of monumental proportions." 

The actor said he would not attend the Dillinger auction, which ended up getting $US95,600 (NZ$132,000) for a small pistol belonging to the 1930s gangster played by Depp in the film Public Enemies

Depp also revealed he was relying on being paid $US35 million [NZ$48.3 million] for the fourth Pirates of the Caribbean film and $US20 million [NZ$27.6 million] for Dark Shadows.

"What else can I do?" he asked. "You want me to sell some art? I will. You want me to sell something else? Sure. What? [The] boat is going to be chartered at New Year's ... other than that, I got bikes, cars, property, books, paintings and some semblance of a soul left. Where would you like me to start?"

The legal spat has gotten ugly over the past month, with Depp's former managers claiming the award-winning actor spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sound engineer to feed him lines on set because he couldn't be bothered memorising the entire script.

The business managers represented Depp from 1999 until 2016. 

The court case continues. 

 - Sydney Morning Herald

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