Johnny Depp has run into a scandal

Angelo Anderson
October 19, 2017

The actor's suit claims law firm Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, LLP conspired with his financial managers, The Management Group (TMG) to fleece him.

In a complaint filed Tuesday, Depp alleges Bloom and his firm committed "professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment", and as a result cost him millions of dollars.

Johnny Depp is claiming he was swindled out of almost $35 million by a top Hollywood lawyer and his firm.

In the documents, obtained by People.com, it states Depp hired Bloom and his firm to handle his legal affairs in 1999, but instead of protecting his interests, the lawyers "engaged in misconduct for their own financial benefit and violated some of the most basic tenets of the attorney-client relationship".

The loan, which according to the suit was loaded with "high fees, double-digit interest rates" and "substantial prepayment penalties", kept millions in residuals out of Depp's pockets, the complaint says.


In September, TMG accused Depp of "throwing his family under a bus" after he named his sister, nephew and close friends as people who took "unauthorised loans".

That economic harm includes, according to Depp's team of attorneys and in tones similar to the actor's ongoing action against TMG, contingent fees of more than $30 million without a "statutorily prescribed written contract".

The complaint is just the latest in a bitter and complicated series of allegations made by the actor against his former business managers and attorneys, whom he claims mismanaged the $650 million he's made in the last two decades to the point of depletion. He says both Bloom and TMG resorted to a "fox guarding the hen house" strategy. Representatives of the firm are fully confident that johnny Depp is sick.

"Depp's 45-page complaint against TMG, which is replete with demonstrably false and fraudulent allegations, was filed exclusively to avoid the non-judicial foreclosure of his properties", wrote TMG lawyer Michael Kump.

Kump further suggested in June that Depp undergo some sort of mental-health evaluation because of his alleged erratic, unpredictable behaviour. He's asking the court for a declaration that any purported contingent fee deal between himself and Bloom's firm is invalid, void and unenforceable and that he is entitled to disgorgement and restitution of all fees paid.

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