Nicolas Cage’s former business manager has filed a cross complaint in Los Angeles Superior Court against the star, femalefirst.co.uk reports.

Samuel J. Levin — who was branded “incompetent” by the actor over his financial advice, which Nicolas claimed has led him towards financial ruin — insists the Con Air star was already in deep debt when he hired him in 2001.

In the complaint filed last week, Levin insisted Cage refused to listen to his advice, resulting in him having an unpaid tax bill believed to be around $6 million.

He said: “From the start of our Business Management Agreement he knew about his perilous financial situation and he knew he was behind on paying his taxes.”

The business manager claims he “warned” the actor he needed to earn a minimum of $30 million a year to support his lavish lifestyle and agreed a string of financial objectives which included selling “more than a dozen” of his cars and his $1.6 million comic book collection.