Johnny Depp has a 'clear and epic' sense of entitlement, ex-managers say


Johnny Depp's former business managers aren't taking his recent comments about their dispute lightly — and they have escalated their claims against the actor in an amended complaint.

The legal battle between Depp and The Management Group began in January, when the actor sued his former business managers for fraud. TMG fired back, saying the actor's financial woes are all his own.

TMG says Depp's sense of entitlement is "clear and epic," as evidenced by his recent interview with The Wall Street Journal — in which he said, "It's my money. If I want to buy 15,000 cotton balls a day, it's my thing."

"Depp listened to no one, including TMG and his other advisors, and he demanded they fund a lifestyle that was extravagant and extreme," writes attorney Michael Kump in the amended complaint filed Monday. "Ultimately, Depp and/or his sister and personal manager, Elisa Christie Dembrowski, knowingly approved all of Depp's expenditures."

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Michael Boardman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Johnny Depp attends the premiere Of Disney's 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MAY 23: Actor Johnny Depp arrives at the Los Angeles Premiere 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at the El Capitan Theatre on May 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: Johnny Depp attends the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 10: (L to R) Mia Wasikowska, Sacha Baron Cohen and Johnny Depp attend the European Premiere of 'Alice Through The Looking Glass' at Odeon Leicester Square on May 10, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/WireImage)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard pictured on arrival to Southport Magistrates Court on April 18, 2016 in Southport, Queensland.
US actor Johnny Depp gestures during his photo call in Tokyo on January 28 2015. Depp attended the Japan premiere of his latest action comedy movie 'Mortdecai' on January 27 which will be screened in Japan from February 6. AFP PHOTO / TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 2: (EUROPE AND AUSTRALASIA OUT) American actor Johnny Depp, dressed as 'Captain Jack Sparrow', greets locals at Cleveland in Redland City, Queensland, after a day of filming 'Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales'. (Photo by Peter Wallis/Newspix/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 21: Actor Johnny Depp attends the premiere of Lionsgate's 'Mortdecai' at TCL Chinese Theatre on January 21, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)
LONDON - JANUARY 10: Johnny Depp attends the Sweeney Todd film premiere held at the Odeon Leicester Square on January 10, 2008 in London, England. (Photo by Eamonn McCormack/WireImage)
POMPANO BEACH, FL - AUGUST 29: Johnny Depp greets fans after performing as part of the Sheila Witkin Memorial Reunion Concert at Club Cinema on August 29, 2008 in Pompano Beach, Florida. (Photo by Mike Franklin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attends the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
FRANCE - MAY 10: Festival of Cannes 97: Walking up the red-carpeted steps for 'The brave' in Cannes, France on May 10, 1997 - Kate Moss, Johnny Depp. (Photo by Pool APESTEGUY/BENAINOUS/DUCLOS/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and Kate Moss during 'Donnie Brasco' Premiere at Century City Cineplex Odeon Cinemas in Century City, California, United States. (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp (R) kissing girlfriend, supermodel Kate Moss (L). (Photo by Rose Hartman/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the cast of 'Benny & Joon' present Planet Hollywood with memorabilias from the film on March 22, 1993 at Planet Hollywood, California.
BEVERLY HILLS,CA - MARCH 25: Actor Johnny Depp attends the 'Benny & Joon' Beverly Hills Premiere on March 25, 1993 at the WGA Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
CENTURY CITY,CA - FEBRUARY 1: Actress Winona Ryder and actor Johnny Depp attend 'The Silence of the Lambs' Century City Premiere on February 1, 1991 at Cineplex Odeon Century Plaza Cinemas in Century City, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
Actors Johnny Depp and Winona Ryder. (Photo by Time Life Pictures/DMI/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 01: Johnny Depp and Guest (Photo by The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)
1995 file photo of Johnny Depp & Kate Moss (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
1988 File Photo of Johnny Depp at the Nosotros Benefit in Los Angeles, California taken May 13, 1988 in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Nicolas Cage & Johnny Depp (Photo by Barry King/WireImage)
Actor Johnny Depp attends the 18th Annual Los Angeles Police/Celebrity Golf Tournament on May 14, 1988 at Rancho Park Golf Course in Los Angeles, California.
SHERMAN OAKS,CA - DECEMBER 13: Actor Dustin Nguyen, actor Johnny Depp and actor Peter DeLuise attend the FOX Television Stars Feed the Homeless on December 13, 1987 at Sherman Oaks Galleria in Sherman Oaks, California. (photo by Ron Galella, Ltd./WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 24: Actor Johnny Depp and singer Vanessa Paradis attend the 80th Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre on February 24, 2008 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 22: Matthew Perry and Johnny Depp in New York to promote their first network series on the Fox Network in 1987 (Photo by Vinnie Zuffante/Getty Images)
Johnny Depp and his girlfriend Vanessa Paradis arrive for the Los Angeles premiere of the movie 'Sleepy Hollow' November 17, 1999. (Photo by Brenda Chase/Online USA/Newsmakers)
HERBORN, GERMANY - MAY 29: Actor/Musician Johnny Depp of Hollywood Vampires performs onstage at Hessentags-Arena during the 56th Hessentag on May 29, 2016 in Herborn, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images)
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Cited among the purchases are 14 residences, 45 luxury vehicles, 70 collectible guitars and enough Hollywood memorabilia to fill 12 storage facilities.

Notably, the managers also claim that Depp spends hundreds of thousands of dollars on a sound engineer who feeds him lines on set.

"Depp insisted that this sound engineer be kept on yearly retainer so that he no longer had to memorize his lines," writes attorney Michael Kump.

TMG also claims Depp's "army of attorneys" has bailed him out of legal crises and made a series of "hush money settlements" — details of which they promise will be revealed during trial.

Further, the business managers say Depp habitually lies to the public and authorities to avoid taking responsibility for his actions — including the infamous Australian dog smuggling incident and reportedly volatile behavior with his now ex-wife Amber Heard.

Writes Kump, "Depp's 45-page complaint against TMG, which is replete with demonstrably false and fraudulent allegations, was filed solely to avoid the non-judicial foreclosure of his properties, and is just another example of Depp's pattern of habitual lies and deception designed to avoid responsibility for his actions."

The new complaint also suggests Depp should submit to a mental health evaluation during the proceedings.

"Depp's extravagant spending has often been marked by a lack of impulse control," writes Kump. "In retrospect, it appears that Depp may suffer from a compulsive spending disorder, which will be proven in this action through a mental examination of Depp ... and expert testimony. On information and belief, Depp's flagrant bragging about his senseless and extreme spending to The Wall Street Journal is further evidence of his psychological issues."

Depp's lawyers have not yet commented on the new claims.

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Cry-Baby (1990)

Depp played the title character in John Waters’ 1950s parody, which successfully spoofed both Elvis Presley and the ’70s juvenile delinquent film Scared Straight! His character was named for his uncanny ability to shed a single tear whenever he became emotional.

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

In his first collaboration with Tim Burton, Depp played a shy, artificial man named Edward, whose creator passed away before he was able to give him a set of human hands, leaving him with gigantic scissors instead. Luckily, Edward finds a career as a hedge trimmer and hair stylist.

Benny & Joon (1993)

Eccentric silent-screen icon Buster Keaton was the inspiration for Depp’s role as Sam in this charming story of an oddball drifter who falls for a woman emotionally detached from the world around her.

Ed Wood (1994)

Depp showed his comedic chops with his over-the-top portrayal of 1950s cult movie auteur and self-proclaimed transvestite Ed Wood, who many in Hollywood regard as the worst director of all time. Burton, Depp’s longtime partner in weird, directed the biopic for their second collaboration.

Don Juan DeMarco (1994)

Depp charmed audiences with his portrayal of a young man convinced he’s actually the fabled Spanish lover Don Juan. Set in modern day New York, “Don Juan” finds himself instantly enamored with nearly everyone who crosses his path at a mental institution.

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Depp continued to expand his horizons, taking audiences on a trippy, mescaline-laced walk on the wild side for this film, in which he played a high Hunter S. Thompson on an outrageous adventure in the desert.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)

Never one to embrace big-budget studio pictures, the role of Captain Jack Sparrow in the film based on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride at Disney theme parks allowed Depp to do just that. Though most would probably wager that the opportunity to tap into his inner Keith Richards is the real reason why Depp took the part.

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)

Depp took a risk reprising the role of Willy Wonka made famous by Gene Wilder in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The reviews were mixed (Wilder panned it), as Depp straddled the line between affable and eerie.

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)

The dark Stephen Sondheim musical directed by (who else?) Burton centers on Depp as Sweeney Todd, a barber out for revenge against any and all who have wronged him.

Alice in Wonderland (2010)

Depp’s version of the tea-guzzling, colorful carpetbagger known as Tarrant Hightopp (the Mad Hatter) is sneering and eccentric, and undoubtedly one of his most humorous onscreen creations to date.

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