Johnny Depp’s ex-business managers have revealed another allegation about the star in their legal battle with him.
In an amended complaint, The Management Group allege that the actor spends hundreds of thousands a year on a sound engineer so he doesn’t have to memorize lines for his movies, according to The Hollywood Reporter. TMG says Depp wears an earpiece when he’s on set to get his lines fed to him.
Depp filed a lawsuit against TMG alleging fraud, and the group fired back with a countersuit.
TMG says Depp’s sense of entitlement is “clear and epic” in the amended complaint filed Monday.
“Depp listened to no one, including TMG and his other advisors, and he demanded they fund a lifestyle that was extravagant and extreme,” attorney Michael Kump wrote. “Ultimately, Depp and/or his sister and personal manager, Elisa Christie Dembrowski, knowingly approved all of Depp’s expenditures.”
Listed purchases include 14 homes, 45 luxury vehicles, 70 collectible guitars, and Hollywood memorabilia that could fill 12 storage facilities.
Kump also wrote that “Depp insisted that this sound engineer be kept on yearly retainer so that he no longer had to memorize his lines,” leading to the alleged large expense.
Kirsten Dunst alluded to Depp’s alleged use of an earpiece on set in an interview with Vulture.
“Johnny Depp has music playing in his ear when he acts,” the actress said of her work with Depp on “All Good Things.” “He has an earbud. That’s why he’s so great.”
The complaint from TMG also claims Depp has made a number of “hush money settlements” in other disputes, and takes a shot at the actor’s record of honesty.
“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,” Kump wrote.
The complaint even suggested that Depp may be suffering from mental troubles that fuel his “extreme” spending habits.
“Depp’s extravagant spending has often been marked by a lack of impulse control,” Kump wrote. “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.”
A representative for Depp did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.