Johnny Depp secured a win in his court battle on Friday with his ex-attorney-at-law after the judge determined that their verbal agreement was not valid in the eyes of the law. In a report from Variety, Judge Terry Green took Depp’s side, arguing that his former attorney, Jake Bloom, does not have a point that holds up in court.
Reportedly, Depp and the lawyer had a handshake agreement that the Pirates Of The Caribbean star would pay him a percentage of his earnings over the course of his career.
The actor sued Bloom in October because Jake received around $30 million without a formal contract. Bloom sued him in response in December and asked the court to acknowledge their verbal contract all the way back from 1999.
The judge said on Tuesday that a “special rule” for people in the entertainment business doesn’t exist. The judge asked, “Why isn’t it in writing?”
Moreover, he asked, “Why not have something that memorializes the agreement so we don’t end up in court fighting like this?” Curiously, one could wonder why a lawyer didn’t foresee the necessity of a written contract.
As fans of the actor know, the last two years for Mr. Johnny Depp hasn’t been quite as glamorous as his long withstanding film career. Following the allegations of physical abuse from his ex-wife, as well as their divorce, the Hollywood star found himself embroiled in financial scandals with some of his former accountants and lawyers.
Additionally, Mr. Gregg Brooks accused Johnny of assaulting him while on the set of a movie. Brooks, formerly a location manager, claims Johnny punched him twice in the stomach after an altercation one evening.
However, other sources on the set of the film claim Brooks greatly exaggerated the situation. Nonetheless, Brooks just filed a lawsuit and is seeking monetary compensation for damages.