Addressing the controversy surrounding Depp – most recently, involving an ongoing legal battle with his former business partners – Bloom said at the Thursday Los Angeles premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, “The man that I know and love is the man who’s here tonight, and he’s like on form and does everything the right way. ”
“You know, people go through all kinds of weird stuff in the world and it’s just a shame that it has to be dragged out in public,” continued Bloom, 40. “Because, God knows he’s been one of the most private and stand-up people I’ve ever met.”
Earlier this month, details of Depp’s $25 million lawsuit against his ex-managers Joel and Rob Mandel at TMG were revealed, as the agency filed a countersuit in which the actor was labeled as a hopeless spendthrift who squandered millions on extravagances like fine wine and art against their advice.
In their countersuit, TMG alleged that Depp paid $3.6 million a year for a 40-person staff, $30,000 a month on wine, $400,000 on a diamond cuff for his ex-wife Amber Heard and $5 million to shoot the ashes of his friend, author Hunter S. Thompson, out of a cannon in Aspen.
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Pirates producer Jerry Bruckheimer also spoke in defense of Depp at Thursday’s premiere, saying, “He’s a fabulous guy, a great artist and he’s here and he’s excited to be here for the premiere.”
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales hits theaters on May 26.