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Johnny Depp Lawsuit: Industry ‘whistleblower’ lied about relationship with actor

An industry whistleblower who sided with Johnny Depp in his drawn-out lawsuit against his former managers greatly exaggerated her relationship with the actor, according to recently unsealed court documents.

The New York Post’s Page Six reported that former The Management Group (TMG) employee Janine Rayburn claimed that the company didn’t keep Depp, 53, informed about looming financial issues.

Despite her claims, questioning revealed that Rayburn only briefly met Depp at a holiday party, meaning she doesn’t know if her employer’s warnings would’ve stopped the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor’s superfluous spending.

According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), Depp sued TMG and attorneys Joel and Robert Mandel in January for costing him millions in tax penalties. He also claimed they also failed to pay a $5 million bridge loan—which he didn’t know about—resulting in non-judicial foreclosure proceedings on his Hollywood Hills home.

His ex-managers claimed they tried to stop Depp’s compulsive spending problem. The Post reported that he owns 14 homes and drops a whopping $40,000 each month on wine. TMG also pushed back against Rayburn’s claims, calling their ex-employee “a serial liar with no credibility whatsoever.”

“Johnny Depp and his counsel know that Janine Rayburn is a serial liar who perjured herself during her deposition who also lied on her résumé when she applied for a job at TMG,” the spokesman said.

“Rayburn only worked at TMG for a brief time and was fired seven years ago. Rayburn fully admitted that she has no idea what conversations took place between Depp and TMG regarding Depp’s financial situation. We welcome the opportunity to further question Ms. Rayburn in Court, exposing her many lies.”

While TMG claimed that Rayburn’s allegations cross confidential territory, LA Superior Court Judge Teresa Beaude ruled Friday that Depp can amend his lawsuit to include claims made by the potential whistleblower. Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, said he and his client are “gratified” by the latest decision.

[Featured Image: AP/ Itsuo Inouye]