Sometimes, it takes a village to raise a bank account.
Fresh off a controversial divorce proceeding that just settled on Friday, 52-year old superstar actor Johnny Depp has sued his former business representatives Joel and Robert Mandel of The Management Group for at least 25 million dollars after being forced to sell his sole proprietorship in the Plan de la Tour village in France, reports the Associated Press.
The icon of Into The Woods and the mega-successful Pirates of the Caribbean franchise is claiming that the Mandel brothers have cost him a significant portion of his 650 million dollar career earnings, through fraud and mismanagement. The suit claims that The Management Group “actively concealed the true state of Mr. Depp’s finances while driving him deeper and deeper into financial distress.”
Depp is potentially transitioning from one protracted legal fight to another, with a court ruling Friday on a disputed seven-figure chunk of the actor’s divorce settlement with ex-wife Amber Heard. The 30-year old character actress has accused her ex-husband of emotional and physical abuse during their marriage, and asked for an additional 7 million dollars to be paid to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
When Depp tried to pay the charities directly, Heard pressed the court to order a lump-sum repudiation of the entire dollar amount paid directly to her, with a tacked-on penalty fee included. On Friday, a judge ordered that the original agreement will stand with no penalties to either party.
The actor’s legion of friends and supporters have come to his defense in the divorce case, including ex-wife Vanessa Paradis who has called Heard’s allegations of physical abuse an outrage.
However, Depp’s business acumen may prove harder to defend. The embattled star recently raised his asking price for ownership of the French village to over 55 million dollars, a price tag which Alexander Kraft, Chairman of Sotheby’s International Realty France, has diplomatically criticized as “ambitious.”