What is the cost of an absurd send-off to a writer that lavished in the absurd? If you’re Johnny Depp, it appears to be $3 million.
The funeral makes up part of a list of flamboyant expenditures included in a lawsuit by Depp’s ex-managers, who claim it lead Depp to the brink of financial ruin.
“All I’m doing is trying to make sure his last wish comes true,” Depp said at the time (2005), “I just want to send my pal out the way he wants to go out.”
Johnny Depp portrayed Hunter S. Thompson in the movie Fear and Loathing In Las Vegas
Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes were shot from a cannon that ensconced atop a 153-foot tower. The funeral was attended by stars such as Jack Nicholson, Bill Murray, Sean Penn and many more.
Variety reports some other spends listed in the lawsuit, they include $18 million on a 150-foot yacht, $4 million on a failed record label, $200,000 per month on private planes, $300,000 a month to maintain a staff of 40 people and more.
The Pirates Of the Caribbean actor filed a lawsuit on the 13th of January claiming that The Management Group (TMG) defrauded him, taking out loans without approval and hiding their spendings from him as well as mis-handling his finances. The counter-suit however, claims that he was aware of all outgoings.
“Depp often responded by rebuking and cursing his business managers for issuing such warnings and advice, while increasing his extravagant lifestyle and spending, and demanding that his business managers find some way to pay for it all,” the suit alleges.
“Depp, and Depp alone, is fully responsible for any financial turmoil he finds himself in today. He has refused to live within his means, despite the best efforts of TMG and the repeated warnings about his financial condition from TMG and his other advisors.”