Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s divorce case is over.
Following months of abuse allegations by Heard against Depp, the 53-year-old actor agreed to pay his ex approximately $7 million, according to TMZ. A newly released joint statement from the pair, however, suggested that the money won’t entirely go to Heard’s pocket.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” Heard and Depp said in the statement. “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. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.”
Although Heard did not specify how much of the money will go to charity, this isn’t the first time that the actress’ camp has said that her legal actions against Depp were not an attempt to get money from the Oscar-nominated actor.
“Amber is simply a victim of domestic violence, and none of her actions are motivated by money,” her attorneys said in a statement to People last May when Depp’s lawyers accused her of securing a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse. “Amber is a brave and financially independent woman who is showing the courage of her convictions by doing the right thing against Johnny's relentless army of lawyers and surrogates.”
Aside from the $7 million, the divorce also gave the 30-year-old “Justice League” actress the opportunity to show how intact her credibility is as a person.
“Amber's credibility is probably the most important thing to her because she knows she's going to get a lot of money no matter what," Los Angeles family law expert Steve Mindel — who is not associated with this case with the divorce case — told People. “At the end of the day she needs to make sure her credibility is intact and [the recent joint] statement [stating that the proceeds from the divorce will be given to charity] adequately suffices to maintain her credibility.”
Mindel added that Heard could have gotten more money long-term by demanding for a piece of the actor’s back-end earnings from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series, but the lawyer noted that fatigue factor in extending the divorce case should not be underestimated.
“At a certain point people get exhausted with the process," Mindel said. "The question is who's in better condition to withstand the stress. And it's ridiculous, unhealthy levels of stress."
According to TheWrap, Depp earned $350 million for the first four “Pirates of the Caribbean” films alone.
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