Thanks Shaman Art for the document. I browsed through most of it...but the amount lost vs. the amount asked for is curious.
He is only asking for "at least" $25m in damages, yet the suit alleges a much larger amount in losses, loans, properties, and fees. I wonder why he isn't seeking more in damages? You can ask for any amount you want and might get less, but if you ask for less, you rarely get more.
Also, I find it interesting that he is seeking a trial by jury. I wouldn't think he would want a lot of the details made public and the media circus that would surely follow every sordid moment. Of course, trial by jury is often used as a bargaining tool by lawyers to prompt a quicker settlement without going through court or a trial. I'm sure TMG doesn't want a lot of things detailed in a media circus, either. Maybe the plan here is to prompt a quick settlement without acknowledging any wrongdoing by either party.
And another thought comes to mind...since Amber's team was originally demanding his tax and financial records, that Johnny's team fought to keep private...I wonder if she was trying to further undermine his reputation by making his financial issues public. She had to know that he fired TMG and replace them and was probably aware of his debt issues. And Johnny waiting about a year to file claims against TMG make me think he was trying to settle everthing quietly, but got wind of her blowing the whistle. So by going public first, he appears in control of the situation and takes away whatever advantage she might have had with this information. Or, could be, TMG wouldn't play nicely, so he was forced to file suit. All of TMG's other clients are now probably checking their own books.
These financial issues could be the reason Johnny seemed surprised when asked about the sale of his French property, and subsequent sales of art, assets, and property. I wonder if Johnny was behind the sales or TMG. Or a combination of both.
And all of this could be the reason for his recent movie choices. Typically an A-list star would command a salary up front and a percentage of the box office later. I wonder if he was just doing quick gigs to get a salary up front to cover his debts, hoping for box office money later on (that didn't come) or if he opted out of BO money and demanded salary up front. Maybe Tracey couldn't get the types of deals he was seeking to pay off debts.
A lot of this is just speculation on my part, but it does paint a broader picture of the past few years where things seemed to be spiraling out of control for him. Looks like he is doing his best to regain control. I wish him well.