Amber Heard to give $9m from Johnny Depp divorce settlement to charities

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Actor Amber Heard says she is donating her entire $US7 million ($9 million) divorce settlement from actor Johnny Depp to a pair of charities.

Heard wrote in a statement released on Thursday that the money would be split between the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Heard said the money to the ACLU was being given to help its efforts to combat violence against women.

Heard and Depp settled their contentious divorce on Tuesday, one day before the actors were scheduled to begin a restraining order hearing that would have centred on Heard’s allegations that Depp repeatedly abused her during their marriage.

Depp denied he abused Heard, and his lawyer accused Heard of making the domestic violence allegations to obtain a more favourable settlement.

“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,” Heard wrote.

Heard said that she knew the organisations would put the money to good use, and she planned to support them with future donations.

In a joint statement on Tuesday, Heard and Depp acknowledged volatility in their relationship, which began after they met on the set of the 2011 film The Rum Diary.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” the actors’ statement said.

“Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”

Heard filed for divorce in May and, days later, obtained a temporary restraining order, accusing the Pirates of the Caribbean star of hitting her during a fight in their Los Angeles apartment in May.

Heard, who came to court with a bruise on her right cheek below the eye, accused Depp of repeatedly hitting her and throwing a mobile phone during the fight.

Police said they responded to the actors’ apartment but found no evidence of a crime.

AP

 

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