Johnny Depp’s former lawyer has upped the ante in their $30-million legal battle, with the actor’s ex-lawyer Jacob Bloom issuing deposition notices to his ex-wife Amber Heard, her former boyfriend Elon Musk, Warner Bros. head Kevin Tsujihara and a number of top Hollywood lawyers.
The Hollywood Reporter reports the notices were served on Wednesday as part of Depp’s lawsuit against Jacob Bloom and his firm, who had represented Depp until 2017, when Depp sued the firm over allegations of “professional malpractice, breach of fiduciary duty and unjust enrichment” that allegedly cost him millions of dollars.
“Sources familiar with the deposition requests” tell THR that Tsujihara is being called on to testify under oath about reports that Depp personally lobbied the studio head to have Heard cut from “Aquaman” in the midst of the former spouses’ messy divorce, as well as requesting she be blocked from other projects; Heard ultimately did appear in “Aquaman”.
In addition to Tsujihara, Heard and Musk, also served were Heard’s sister, Depp’s former bodyguards, Heard’s divorce lawyer Samantha Spector, neighbours of the ex-couple, and lawyers Martin Singer, Patty Glaser, Laura Wasser and Blair Berk, all of whom represented Depp in the past.
The depositions reportedly respond to a claim in Depp’s lawsuit that Bloom gave Depp “bad advice with regards to his split with Heard.”
Depp first filed his complaint against Bloom in October 2017, alleging the lawyer collected more than $30 million fees without a signed contract. Bloom filed a countersuit asking the court to declare that his 20-year oral agreement with Depp was valid, and claiming Depp breached the contract by failing to pay for legal costs he incurred.
Heard was not a part of the original suit, but was later sued by Depp for $50 million over his allegations that her claims of suffering spousal abuse during their marriage constitutes defamation. A subsequent court filing by Bloom’s attorney claimed that Bloom is being accused of “malpractice in connection with Depp’s divorce from Amber Heard,” and that Bloom and his team were “responsible for the purported mismanagement of Depp’s divorce.”
In response to the deposition notices, Depp’s current lawyer, Adam Waldman issued a statement blasting the deposition requests as a “last-ditch” attempt to muddy the waters.
“Bloom Hergott bewilderingly claims that they have been accused of malpractice relating to Amber Heard and her already disproven abuse hoax,” reads Waldman’s statement. “We are suing Amber Heard for defamation following her hoax, and also the Sun tabloid for rebroadcasting it, not Bloom Hergott. To remind Bloom Hergott, Mr. Depp is suing them for breach of fiduciary duty, unjust enrichment, swiping Mr. Depp’s back end payments, taking over $30 million without a written contract and tax and other legal malpractice. What evidence could Elon Musk and Kevin Tsujihara (the former head of Warner Bros.) possibly possess to do with that? Now Bloom Hergott will have to convince the Court that Elon Musk, Amber Heard and an ex Studio Chief have relevant information for their defence, versus merely issuing famous subpoenas in a last-ditch effort to divert attention and stall their looming day of reckoning.”