Actor Johnny Depp arrives for the British premiere of the film “Black Mass” in London, Britain October 11, 2015. Photo by Suzanne Plunkett via Reuters

Johnny Depp’s former business managers want a judge to force the actor to turn over financial information they say could bolster their countersuit claims that excessive spending by the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star contributed to his financial difficulties.

The Management Group is asking Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Teresa Beaudet to direct Depp to turn over documents concerning loans he has obtained since firing TMG in March 2016 as well as evidence of any assets he has sold to make himself whole.

Depp, 54, sued The Management Group on Jan. 13, alleging the firm collected $28 million in contingent fees he never agreed to. The actor also alleges TMG  consistently failed to file or pay his taxes on time, failed to keep proper books and loaned nearly $10 million of his money to third parties without authorization.

The company has denied any wrongdoing and maintained everything was done to handle Depp’s finances responsibly while advising him that he was overspending. TMG filed its countersuit Jan. 31.

“Despite being in very difficult financial shape, and facing a public lawsuit regarding his poor finances, Depp does not appear to have sold many of his lavish assets,” according to TMG’s court papers filed Tuesday.

The firm’s court papers cite Depp’s islands in the Bahamas, properties in France and his “multiple homes in Hollywood,” and say Depp has “reportedly borrowed well over $10 million since terminating (TMG) as his business manager ….”

“Rather than sell his most extravagant assets, and sufficiently curb his over-the-top spending to live within his ample means, Depp prefers to borrow money to maintain his grossly extravagant lifestyle,” according to the TMG court papers.

TMG has the right to obtain documents “that will help prove that point and undercut Depp’s implausible allegations that TMG borrowed monies without his knowledge or approval, and that TMG supposedly concealed Depp’s financial condition from him,” the company’s court papers say.

A hearing on the TMG motion is scheduled for Jan. 24.

–City News Service

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