Amber Heard filed for divorce in May, after only one year of marriage. The actress was granted a temporary restraining order against Johnny Depp based on her allegations that he had been physically abusive.
The Depp’s legal team denied all allegations of abuse toward Heard and in preliminary hearings suggested that his wife was merely looking to financially capitalize on their divorce.
After the divorce settlement the two issues a joint statement “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. 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.”
Heard was awarded $7 million, which she promptly announced she’d donate to the ACLU (with a particular focus on helping to defend battered women), and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles where she has volunteered for the last decade.
There’s now been a wrinkle in Heard actually getting her hands on the settlement, pledge or no pledge.In the petty move of the year, Depp personally made the first payments today to the charities selected by Heard in the divorce settlement which had her legal team seeing red.
In their recently released statement, Heard’s legal team alleges that the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star sent checks directly to the two charities his estranged wife pledged to donate all $7 million from their settlement to — in doing so, this allows him to collect a considerable tax deduction.
“If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber.” …”We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years.”
Now, I’m never going to be the one to dispute a woman’s allegation of domestic violence, but there’s always been talk that Heard is not as innocent in this debacle as she pretends to be, and the word “gold digger” was thrown around on more than one occasion. I’m unsure why a woman who pledged all of her divorce settlement money to two charities would be upset that said monies have started being dispersed to said charities. Is it that she wanted the publicity for doing the deed herself, or is it that she wanted the money in hand first? Hmm!!!!