UPDATE 8:01 p.m. ET: Amber Heard donated $350,000 to the ACLU on August 19, a rep for the organization confirmed to TMZ on Monday, November 28. The actress paid the money in advance but future payments were put on hold until she receives the rest of her $7 million settlement from ex Johnny Depp, the website reports.
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp will finalize their $7 million divorce settlement this week, and she will fulfill her promise to donate the money to charity Heard’s lawyer tells Us Weekly in a statement Monday, November 28. The update comes after reports alleged that Heard has yet to donate the money.
“The settlement documents are being finalized and will be signed this week. Johnny is obligated by the settlement to pay Amber, and she in turn will honor her pledges to Children’s Hospital and the American Civil Liberties Union,” attorney Pierce O’Donnell tells Us. “Amber’s commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence and helping sick children is her life’s work. Her recent PSA on domestic violence does not violate her settlement agreement with Johnny. She will continue to lend her voice to the rising chorus of women speaking out about this terrible scourge on the American family.”
As previously reported, the Danish Girl actress, 30, vowed to donate the money from her settlement with her ex, 53, to the two charities. The actress filed for divorce from the Pirates of the Caribbean actor in May, claiming that he verbally and physically abused her during their four-year relationship.
On Friday, November 25, Heard appeared in an emotional #GirlGaze Project PSA about domestic abuse, without directly acknowledging Depp. In the two-minute clip, the actress recites the inner dialogue of a victim of domestic abuse.
“How is this happening to me? I’m strong. I’m smart. I’m not a victim,” the actress says. “There is a lot of shame attached to that label of victim. It happens to so many women. When it happens to you behind closed doors, with someone you love, it’s not that straightforward. If a stranger did this … it would be a no-brainer.”
The couple announced their settlement in a joint statement in August after a bitter divorce battle.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” Heard and Depp’s statement issued to Us read at the time. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.”
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