Amber Heard and Johnny Depp have finally reached a settlement in the nasty split.
TMZ is reporting that Depp agreed to pay Heard $7 million while Heard agreed to dismiss her domestic violence claims against Depp.
After the news broke, the former couple released a statement to People.
“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.”
The settlement comes just one day before court proceedings were set to begin.
Attorneys for Depp and Heard had been working on a settlement for weeks, but hit a wall when Heard insisted that Depp admit that he physically harmed her, according to TMZ.
Apparently, Depp was not going to give in to Heard’s attempts to harm his character.
Since their split, Heard’s lies have started to mount up, which damaged her credibility during divorce proceedings.
While the couple continues to battle it out in court, Daily Mail is reporting that Depp will testify against Heard in her infamous dog smuggling case in Australia.
The Pirates of the Caribbean star will reportedly tell the judge that Heard knew it was illegal to transport animals into the country without proper permits.
Heard was caught smuggling her pet dogs into the Gold Coast back in May.
According to Perez Hilton, the actress originally pleaded guilty and was sentenced to a one-month bond for good behavior after she released an apology video with Depp.
In the video, the pair claimed they didn’t know it was illegal to bring their Yorkshire terriers into Australia and apologized for their actions.
The latest developments come in the midst of Depp’s nasty divorce with Amber Heard.
Back in May, Heard filed a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband, claiming that he hit her.
In her official statement to the court, Heard blamed Depp’s history of substance abuse for his violent actions.
“Johnny has a long-held and widely acknowledged public and private history of drug and alcohol abuse. He has a short fuse,” Heard stated. “He is often paranoid and his temper is exceptionally scary for me as it has proven many times to be physically dangerous and/or life-threatening to me.”
Although the judge granted Heard the restraining order, Depp and his legal team maintain that he did nothing wrong.
Depp’s lawyers are trying to paint the actress as a liar, which is one reason why he is expected to testify against her in an Australian court.
So far, their tactic seems to be working.
In fact, Radar Online is reporting that Heard posted an incriminating video of Depp throwing a wine glass at her. However, reports indicate that Heard actually altered the footage to make it look like Depp was attacking her.
Heard even issued a statement following the video’s release online.
“I am not responsible for the release of the video,” she explained. “It was not what I wanted and I am doing what I can to force the media to take it off the Internet.”
Heard went on to admit that the divorce drama has been more difficult that she originally anticipated.
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“I underestimated the toll that these difficult few months have taken on me, emotionally and physically, and the efforts made by the media to intimidate and discredit me,” she stated. “It is for that reason, and my desire to make the healthiest choice for myself, and hopefully for Johnny, that I am attempting to resolve this matter in the most private way possible.”
Indeed, it now looks as though Heard was trying to make the divorce go away as quickly and quietly as possible.
According to Mirror, the pair recently appeared for their first deposition in court and were seeking a confidential agreement.
“A deposition is set with the hope that it gets the other person to the table to discuss a settlement,” Brian Karpf, an attorney based in Miami, shared. “It’s not uncommon before the disposition starts to turn it into a settlement conference. Ninety-eight percent of the cases, at least here [in Florida], never go to court and ultimately settle.”
If Depp does testify against Heard in the pet smuggling case, then there is a good chance that the actress will seek to end things amicably.
Depp and Heard were only married for 15 months before announcing their divorce.
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