Johnny Depp is demanding a judge step in and not allow his private medical records to be turned over in the $30 million legal battle with his former lawyers, saying the records contain “highly sensitive” information about him.
According to court documents obtained by The Blast, Depp filed a motion to quash a subpoena that his former lawyers fired off seeking documents from his former business managers at The Management Group (TMG).
Depp’s ex-lawyers subpoenaed records from TMG that were obtained during their years of working with the actor and during their year-long legal battle with him.
The actor says the subpoena is seeking production of over 1.5 million documents from TMG, which contain “highly sensitive, confidential information (including medical and private financial information of Mr. Depp and third parties).”
Depp explains if all the documents are turned over, it would “severely damage” his privacy interests and that of “multiple other individuals who are not parties to this action.”
He says during the lawsuit with TMG, they questioned him about his medical history, financial history, alleged substance abuse, and alleged mental disorders during a period of almost two decades.
Depp says they obtained a large amount of personal information that was “not properly at issue” and enormous quantities of personal communications and other documents reflecting intimate details of his life and other people’s lives.
Depp is demanding the judge quash the subpoena completely and not allow TMG to turn over any records to his ex-lawyers.
Back in 2017, the actor sued his former lawyers at the firm, Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, for $30 million accusing them of conspiring with his former business managers to screw him out of millions.
Depp blames his lawyers for allegedly failing to alert him to his manager’s actions, despite knowing what was going on.
The firm, BHDRLFS&G, fired back at Depp denying all allegations of wrongdoing and said they didn’t conspire against their client.
They hit Depp with a counter-suit accusing him of causing his own damages due to his own misconduct and negligence over the years. BHDRLFS&G claimed the actor had not paid them for months, despite them continuing to do work for him. The firm sued for the unpaid balance for the work done plus interest and sought to have his lawsuit against them thrown out.
Depp fired back at the counter-suit denying the law firm’s claims that he owed them money. He revealed he had worked with them since 1999 but claimed they never had a written contract.
Depp claimed to have paid them tens of millions over the years. He claimed the firm is barred from trying to collect on unpaid dues because they never signed an official retainer. He even describes their deal as “illegal” and any money they believe to be owed was caused by other parties out of Depp’s control.
The case is ongoing.