Two of Johnny Depp’s former bodyguards have reportedly taken the actor to court, accusing him of failing to pay their wages and claiming they “were forced to protect Depp from himself”.
Eugene Arreola, a former detective with the Los Angeles police department, and Miguel Sanchez state that they worked for Depp for several years for a firm called Premier Group International.
In 2016 they were hired as members of Depp’s own personal security team, and allege in court documents that from that date they were used as chauffeurs and nannies for his family, and were exposed to “illegal substances” by guarding the actor.
Depp’s wife Amber Heard filed for divorce in May 2016 after 15 months of marriage, claiming that Depp plunged into an episode of paranoid delusions, heavy drinking and drug abuse after they were married.
Depp denied these claims although it was reported that his depression was linked to the death of his mother, who died in May 2016.
Mr Arreola and Mr Sanchez claim that Depp, 54, relied on them to protect his reputation, describing themselves as "caretakers".
"Often times Plaintiffs were forced to protect [Depp] from himself and his vices while in public, becoming caretakers for him," the court documents state, according to the New York Post.
"A[n] incident at a local nightclub involved Plaintiffs alerting Depp of illegal substances visible on his face and person while preventing onlookers from noticing Depp’s condition.”
The court papers, filed before California superior court on Tuesday, do not elaborate on what the alleged substance was.
Mr Arreola and Mr Sanchez describe a "toxic and dangerous working environment", claiming that Depp’s head of security accidentally shot himself in the leg “while playing with his weapon in a small control room on Johnny Depp’s property.”
The guards add: “As a result of the toxic and dangerous work environment and the constant labor code violations of their employers, Plaintiffs were forced to leave their employment despite the fact that they enjoyed many of the people they worked with and have no ill will toward Johnny Depp.”
They claim that they were used by Depp as babysitters, stating: "Plaintiffs found themselves in situations that required more than what a bodyguard would be expected to do,” including being “constantly used as drivers, driving back and forth at Depp’s or his family’s beckoning.”
The guards also allege that they “were asked repeatedly to drive vehicles that contained illegal substances” and “open containers” and “were asked to monitor unstable individuals in [Depp’s] life and entourage,” risking their own reputations.
Mr Arreola and Mr Sanchez are seeking unpaid overtime, wages, meal and rest break compensation and penalties as well as legal fees plus damages.
Depp’s legal representatives did not respond to The Telegraph’s request for comment.
The court case filed by his former bodyguards is the latest legal challenge to hit the Hollywood star, who in 2010 was the highest paid actor in the world.
He is currently locked in a battle with his former managers at the Management Group, with a trial set for August.
He is suing his lawyers over dealings with Management Group, and is being counter-sued.
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