Amber Heard donates divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charities
Newly divorced wife of top actor, Johnny Depp, Amber Heard is said to be giving away every penny of the $7 million divorce settlement she got from her ex husband to charities that help battered women and sick children.
Heard, 30, revealed she is donating the money to both the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she says she has worked as a volunteer for 10 years.
The money will be divided equally between the two charities.
‘Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,’ Heard said about the bitter divorce battle with her famous ex-husband.
The couple, who wed in February 2015, settled their divorce on Tuesday, just one day before a court hearing for the temporary restraining order Heard had been granted in May.
Heard withdrew her allegations that Depp had been physically abusive toward her and the couple released a joint statement exclusively to Daily Mail Online.
The statement read: ‘Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have agreed to resolve their divorce proceedings privately.’
‘They are issuing this joint statement: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”‘
‘Neither party has lied nor 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.’
Heard, who had shown up in court with bruises on her face in May, told TMZ Thursday that she hoped her decision to donate her settlement would result ‘in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.’
The Magic Mike XXL star also revealed to the website that she will not be collecting any residuals from the films Depp made during their 15-month marriage, even though she would have been entitled to the profits because she was not made to sign a prenuptial agreement.
ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said the nonprofit organization ‘could not be more thankful’ for Heard’s donation.
‘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,’ he said in a statement.
‘Ms Heard…can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.’
Paul Viviano, president at CEO of CHLA, also thanked Heard for her ‘tremendous’ gift.
‘Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year,’ he said.
Johnny Depp was previously awarded the ‘Courage to Care’ award by the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles in 2006.
The award is given ‘to champions of children and child-related causes and are recognized for their outstanding humanitarian efforts’, according to the hospital.