Amber Heard finally admits to NOT honoring her promised $3.5M donation to ACLU with $7m from Johnny Depp divorce (despite telling UK high court she had) – and blames Depp for suing her and leaving her broke.
Testifying on the stand Monday, Heard said it was Depp suing her that kept her from fulfilling her pledge to donate her entire $7million divorce settlement.
However, Heard has claimed several times – including under oath in Depp’s 2020 libel case in the UK – that she had donated the entire settlement to charity.
Heard appeared on Dutch talk show RTL Late Night in 2018 where she said, ‘$7million in total was donated – I split it between the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. I wanted nothing.’
In court today Heard said she has yet to make the full donation ‘because Johnny sued me for $50million in March of 2019.’
Heard said, ‘I fully intend to honor all of my pledges. I would love for him to stop suing me so I can.’
Terence Dougherty, the ACLU Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel, testified earlier in the case and said that so far only a total of $1.3million has either been donated by Heard or on her behalf.
Of that money, Heard contributed $350,000 directly in December 2018 and she has not paid any money since. $100,000 was paid by Depp and another $350,000 came from a fund at Fidelity, an investment company.
Another $500,000 payment came from an account at investment firm Vanguard, which Dougherty said he ‘believed it was a fund set up by Elon Musk.’
Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft asked why Heard accepted a $7million settlement from Depp.
Heard said: ‘I didn’t care about the money. I was told if I didn’t agree to a number it could be overturned, we would never settle. I took far less than what they were offering and what I was entitled to.’
Heard said she donated the money to charity because she was ‘never interested in Johnny’s money.’
She said ‘I just wanted my safety and my future and he compromised that….I wanted him to leave me alone. I’ve been saying that since 2016.’
Depp’s accountant and business manager Edward White testified earlier in the trial and told the court that Heard initially demanded $4million after the divorce in May 2016.
Then the demand ‘continually increased’ to $5million and then it went up to $5.5million, White said.
As divorce negotiations continued the amount kept going up and jumped to $7million which ended up being the final settlement.
White said that on top of that Depp had to pay $500,000 of Heard’s legal fees and all the debts they had accumulated during their marriage – with everything paid to her being tax free.
According to White, the ‘total consideration’ paid to Heard by Depp was $14.25m.
The trial also heard last month that Heard threatened to publicly serve Depp with a restraining order if he did not continue financially supporting her lifestyle after she filed for divorce.
Among her demands was the ‘exclusive use and possession’ of the black Range Rover she drove, with Depp continuing to make payments towards the vehicle.
She also wanted to carry on living rent free in three Los Angeles penthouses she and her friends were staying in, all owned by Depp, and asked for her estranged husband to cover $125,000 of her legal and accounting fees.