Earlier this week, Amber Heard agreed to drop the domestic-violence charges against her now-ex-husband Johnny Depp as part of a divorce settlement that was reported to total $7 million. It is now being confirmed that Heard will indeed receive the $7 million, and that she will donate the full amount to charity. Half will go to the American Civil Liberties Union and the other half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, which the actress has worked with as a volunteer for years. Heard has released a statement explaining why she selected those organizations, and you can read it in full below.
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, in doing so, 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.
The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years alongside organizations like the Art of Elysium. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child.
I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.