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26 June, Wednesday


Johnny Depp's $30m battle with former lawyers delayed to 'unwind his tangled affairs'

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was due to face legal firm Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman in court on May 6

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Johnny Depp 's legal battle with his former lawyers has been delayed in a bid to submit testimonies and "unwind the actor's tangled affairs".

The Pirates of the Caribbean star is suing legal firm Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal LaViolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman for $30 million.

He was due to face them in court on May 6.

The trial date has now been changed to September 16 by a Los Angeles judge because both parties were fighting over documents that need to be submitted.

The delay is also due to the fact that there are still outstanding depositions.

The judge said the case could have moved quicker if both sides hadn't caused it to drag on by engaging in "a great deal of finger-pointing concerning whose fault it is", The Blast reports.

The legal company had raised issues over documents and information they claim Depp failed to supply.

The judge ordered the star to give more detailed answers to a number of questions raised, but he denied the firm's demands.

The judge said: "This case requires the parties to unwind the tangled affairs of Plaintiff Depp, his various entities, and his lawyers, going back several years.

"Plaintiff's inclination to incorporate by reference and tell Defendant Firm to, in essence, 'figure it out', is understandable.

"However, the very number of parties and issues present in this case calls for a more meticulous approach. Although shorthand references are easier, they are by necessity less clear."

The star's lawyer, Adam Waldman, says the firm is accused, among other things, of "a failure to supervise the fraudulent activity of the Mandel Brothers/TMG, Mr Depp's former business managers who are under multiple federal criminal investigations and whose offices were raided by the FBI in June 2017"

Mr Waldman also blasted the firm over their handling of Depp's divorce from Amber Heard.

The firm have denied all allegations of wrongdoing.

They have filed a countersuit, accusing Depp of causing his own damages through his own misconduct and negligence.

They also claim he didn't pay them for months while they were still working for him.

Depp has denied owing any money, claiming he has paid tens of millions to the firm over the years.

He claimed he had been working with the firm since 1999 but that they had never had a written contract, and that they are therefore barred from trying to collect any unpaid dues because they never had an official retainer.

The case is ongoing.

Mirror Online has contacted Depp's representatives for comment.

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