Amber Heard sure doesn’t want anything from Johnny Depp. The sultry star is donating the $7 million she received in a divorce settlement from Depp to charity, according to a report in England’s Daily Mail.
The money is expected to go towards aiding victims of domestic abuse.
The blond bombshell from Texas had accused the Pirates of the Caribbean star of physically abusing her in their brief 14-month marriage. So she is going to give his money away to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Amber has volunteered at the hospital for ten years now.
Maybe the 30-year-old should not have married a man 23 years her senior, who in his youth had somewhat of a bad boy reputation. And the marriage got off to a rocky start when the couple faced criminal charges in Australia over “smuggling” their dog into the country on a private plane.
So Amber Heard has struck a blow for feminists everywhere. Some people had groused that she should have gotten a lot more money from Depp, especially in light of the accusations of spousal abuse. But others wondered why – if she is a movie star in her own right – Amber was entitled to any money at all from Johnny Depp after such a short marriage.
Well, now Amber has given all the money away after professing throughout the bitter divorce that she was not interested in Johnny’s money in a statement.
“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 hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.”
“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.”
Heard went on to state her belief that both the hospital and the ACLU are certain to “put the funds to good use,” and that she will continue to support them in the future.
Amber had originally sought as much as $50,000 a month in alimony payments.
The Daily Mail also posted excerpts from an exclusive statement it received from a spokesman for the former couple, who finalized their divorce on Tuesday. According to the statement, both Depp and Heard disavow any accusations of abuse and say that money had no effect on their decision to part ways.
“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.”
So Amber Heard has renounced her accusations of abuse at the hands of Johnny Depp, while at the same time making a very public donation of the money won in the divorce settlement to helping in the fight against domestic abuse. Interesting.
Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, released a statement professing his gratitude for Amber Heard’s donation. Romero said that the ACLU has been committed to fighting domestic abuse for a long time now and will use the donation to, “help other women live safely and freely.”
“We are incredibly grateful that Ms. Heard has so very generously shown her support for the important and necessary advocacy for victims of domestic violence. 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.”
Paul S. Viviano, the president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, made a similar statement of Gratitude to Amber. He said that the generosity of the now former Mrs. Johnny Depp will, “support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”
As for Johnny Depp, he is trying to keep his movie career afloat after a series of big box office bombs like this year’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. Perhaps that is why he is set to play Captain Jack Sparrow again in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which is due out next year. And in 2018, audiences will be able to see Depp in yet another Invisible Man movie.
Anything to compensate for losing a woman who looks like this:
So what is up next for Amber? The star of movies like Zombieland with Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg, The Danish Girl with Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, and Machete Kills is joining the DC Comics Cinematic Universe, of course.
She is all set to play the wife of Aquaman, Mera the Queen of Atlantis, in next year’s Justice League. She will reprise that role the following year in the first Aquaman stand-alone picture.
After that, Amber Heard should have more than enough money to donate to many different worthy causes
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