As part of their ongoing legal battle with Johnny Depp, the star’s former business managers have included emails from him in their latest court filing — which reveal, in part, that he was willing to sell off some of his belongings to help his financial situation.
According to documents filed Monday in Los Angeles Superior Court (and obtained by Deadline), The Mandel Group is fighting back against Depp’s efforts to keep his former agent and lawyer from being subpoenaed as part of the case.
Among the 109-page document are emails from TMG to various members of Depp’s team, including an exchange in 2009 between TMG principal Joel Mandel and Depp himself.
“Since my email to you in September, I have done what 1 was told you wanted done, meaning, ‘getting us through’ financially until work could start again,” Mandel wrote on December 6, 2009. ” Notwithstanding, I need your help in a variety of ways.”
Madel went on to urge Depp to “take it easy” on his spending over the upcoming holidays and wanted to set up a meeting where they could “look realistically at income and expenses and to work together on how to make sure that these are back in balance.”
Depp responded the next day: “i am doing my very best on holiday spending, but there is only so much i can do, as i need to give my kiddies and families as good a Christmas as possible, obviously within reason.”
He went on to say that he was about to start shooting The Tourist (which would pay him $20 million), then he had the next Pirates movies ($35 million), followed by Dark Shadows ($20 million). “i hope that by the amount that will be coming in from work in the coming year and also from back end proceeds, etc., will put everything straight,” he wrote.
Depp then suggested he could sell various belongings if Mandel thought it would help. “what else can i do???” Depp wrote. “you want me to sell same art??? i will. you want me to sell something else???”
Depp went on to offer to sell bikes, cars, property, books and paintings.
Depp’s lawyers could not immediately be reached for comment.