Amber Heard donates $7m Johnny Depp divorce settlement to charity
Anyone accusing Amber Heard of being a gold digger can pretty much pack up and go home. The actress, who has been going through a high profile split from her estranged husband Johnny Depp citing physical and emotional abuse, has now announced that she will donate the entirety of the $7 million (£5.3 million) divorce settlement equally between an organisation supporting victims of domestic violence, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
Releasing a statement about her decision, the actress has said:
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.
As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated. This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future.
The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years alongside organisations like the Art of Elysium. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child.
I know these organisations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.”
Depp’s lawyer had previously claimed that Heard had made the accusations of abuse in order to obtain a more favourable settlement.
A joint statement released on Tuesday said: “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”