After accusations of domestic violence, Johnny Depp agreed to pay $7 million in a divorce settlement to Amber Heard, which is modest sum considering Depp’s estimated net worth of $350 million.
The two never signed a prenup, which meant that technically Amber Heard could have gotten much more from the Pirates of the Caribbean star. But the 30-year-old beauty said that money doesn’t hold any allure for her.
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In a statement published by BBC, Amber Heard confirmed the $7 million divorce settlement with Johnny Depp. But all of it will be turned over to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
The ACLU is an organization that works with women who are victims of domestic violence, which resonates with the actress especially if it’s true that Johnny Depp physically attacked her following a heated argument.
The actress explained her decision to give away the money in a statement.
“Money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully, help those less able to defend themselves.”
“I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future,” she added. “Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.”
Amber Heard also pledged to give more out of her own pockets to support the two organizations.
Daily Mail, meanwhile, quoted ACLU executive director Anthony Romero thanking Amber Heard for the generous donation. The organization said that they have been working for years to give voice to the women whose confidence and self-worth are shattered by what they went through.
A major part of the group’s advocacy is to work with the Justice Department and lawmakers to craft and implement laws that will fully protect domestic violence victims, as well as receive any government assistance for them to escape the cycle of victimization.
“Ms. Heard… can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely,” he added.
In a related report, E News! said that their dirty laundry being aired in public won’t have a large effect on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s respective career.
Ashley Cullins, a journalist for The Hollywood Reporter, told E! that the public’s short attention span will ensure they forget this nasty episode in the marriage between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
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Also, the two celebrities have several projects in the pipeline, and there’s no news that these have been shelved as a result of the nasty divorce fight.
“By 2018, nobody’s going to remember this happened. So I think they’ll just get right back to work, leave it behind them, and people will forget it and move on to something sexier and shinier tomorrow,” Cullins said.
A joint statement by the couple following the divorce settlement was also published on CNBC. They claimed that they never intended things to escalate the way they did. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard added that their relationship was “intensely passionate” and sometimes “volatile but always bound by love.”
The statement added that “there was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.” Also, Amber Heard’s accusations against Johnny Depp was never intended for “financial gain.”
However, the divorce settlement doesn’t erase the restraining order plea that Amber Heard filed in court against Johnny Depp, even if the actress wishes “the best for Johnny in the future.”
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard got married in a private ceremony in February last year. They renewed their commitment on a private island that the Pirates of the Caribbean actor owned in the Bahamas. The ceremony was attended by his former wife, Vanessa Paradis, and their two children.
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