‘Reclu­sive’ Johnny spi­rals

The knocks keep com­ing for the ‘strug­gling’ ac­tor as he’s hit with yet an­other law­suit

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He was once one of Hol­ly­wood’s most in-de­mand ac­tors and the crush of women the world over – but Johnny Depp has be­come a trou­bled recluse as his life con­tin­ues to spi­ral out of con­trol.

For months the Pi­rates Of The Caribbean ac­tor, 54, has been em­broiled in a bit­ter $33 mil­lion court bat­tle with his for­mer busi­ness man­agers at The Man­age­ment Group, claim­ing they mis­han­dled his for­tune. Now, he’s be­ing sued by his ex-body­guards Eu­gene Arre­ola and Miguel Sanchez for un­paid wages, amid claims they were forced to work in dan­ger­ous con­di­tions.

The new law­suit con­tains ex­plo­sive al­le­ga­tions against Johnny, in­clud­ing claims by Eu­gene and Miguel that they were forced to cover up his out-of-con­trol par­ty­ing and once had to “wipe drugs from Depp’s face in a night­club to stop oth­ers around him see­ing the sub­stance”.

The men also al­lege they had to act as babysit­ters for his chil­dren Lily-rose and Jack while Johnny “spi­ralled into a fi­nan­cial hur­ri­cane”.

With the law­suit com­ing hot on the heels of Johnny’s messy $9 mil­lion di­vorce from Am­ber Heard – which was fi­nalised in 2017 – NW’S in­sider says it’s a bur­den the “strug­gling” and “de­pressed” star could do with­out.

“Johnny’s def­i­nitely been worse for wear ever since he split from Am­ber. Hardly any­one sees him any­more, but when they do, it’s not pretty,” a source spills. “It looks like he spends his days drink­ing, be­cause when­ever he ap­pears on set he’s all bloated and pasty.”

In fact, sources claim the one-time heart-throb is now liv­ing a reclu­sive life­style as he strug­gles to deal with his never-end­ing le­gal is­sues and only leaves his house to work or to “pop in” to his for­mer club, The Viper Room in West Hol­ly­wood. “He’s never been the most out­go­ing per­son­al­ity in the room, but Johnny’s be­come a to­tal in­tro­vert these days,” the in­sider ex­plains. “He’s holed up in his Hol­ly­wood Hills place, which is run­down and dark.”

And it seems Johnny can’t seem to catch a break at work ei­ther. Last week hee was ac­cused of as­sault­ingng a crew mem­ber on the set of his new flick Labyrinth af­ter “smok­ing and drink­ing all day”.

Ac­cord­ing to re­ports, Johnny yelled in front of the lo­ca­tion ation man­ager’s face and tried tak­ing ak­ing a swing at him, shout­ing, “I’ll give you $100,000 to punch me right now!”

While di­rec­tor Brad Fur­man rushed to his star’s de­fence and called him a “con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional”, the ac­cu­sa­tion did lit­tle to help Johnny’s cur­rent sit­u­a­tion and pals are wor­ried for his men­tal state.

And with ru­mours con­tin­u­ing to swirl that the ac­tor could be up to $53 mil­lion in debt, it seems things aren’t go­ing to get any eas­ier for poor Johnny any time soon.

“If Johnny con­tin­ues liv­ing this mis­er­able ex­is­tence, every­one’s wor­ried the guy will drink him­self into an early grave,” the source warns. “He doesn’t have much of an in­ner cir­cle left, but his friends and of course his kids are try­ing to drag him out of this funk. But so far it’s not work­ing. Johnny seems de­ter­mined to be a recluse.” n


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