Amber Heard is giving the entirety of her divorce settlement money from Johnny Depp to two charities, the actress revealed in a statement on Thursday, Aug. 18.
“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,” the 30-year-old actress began her statement (via The Huffington Post).
“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,” continued Heard, who will equally divide the money between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
ACLU’s executive director Anthony D. Romero addressed Heard’s donation in a press release (via The Los Angeles Times), saying: “For years, we have worked through the courts and legislatures around the country to make sure that domestic violence victims are fully protected by the law and receive the government assistance they deserve. We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support — she can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”
Paul S. Viviano, president and CEO of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, also thanked the “Danish Girl” thespian for the donation.
“On behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ leadership, staff and the thousands of brave patients and their families who will benefit from this donation, I would like to thank Amber Heard for this tremendous gift,” Viviano said in separate statement. “Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”
After weeks of highly publicized claims of domestic violence by Heard and allegations of financial blackmailing by Depp, the exes privately settled their divorce case on Tuesday. Shortly after closing the multi-million dollar settlement, the pair released a joint statement.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” Heard and Depp said in the statement (via People). “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future.”
Heard and Depp — who first met on the set of the 2011 film “The Rum Diary” — tied the knot in February 2015, one year after revealing their engagement.