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Amber Heard Fails to Keep her $3.5 Million Donation Promise to ACLU, Cites “Financial Difficulties”

Amber Heard - Allegations True or Fake
Amber Heard - Allegations True or Fake

Amber Heard had pledged to donate the $7 million she received during the divorce settlement between her and Johnny Depp. But the actress has failed to donate the promised $3.5 million to ACLU. This information was revealed by the Chief Operating Officer, Terence Dougherty, of the American Civil Liberties Union. A pre-recorded disposition was played at the court on Thursday. It revealed that Heard had promised to donate half of $7 million to ACLU. While the other half would go to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Amber Heard did not donate the promised $3.5 million to ACLU

In the recording which was made in 2021, Dougherty revealed that Heard had only donated $1.3 million by that time. By 2018, the payments had stopped coming. When the ACLU contacted the Aquaman actress regarding future payments, she cited financial difficulties. As Dougherty said in his statement, “We learned she was having financial difficulties.”

Amber Heard did not donate the promised $3.5 million to ACLU
Amber Heard did not donate the promised $3.5 million to ACLU

Dougherty also added in his statement that lawyers at ACLU had helped the actress draft the Washington Post article. The same article the Pirates of the Caribbean actor has sued her for. Heard has not testified in the case.

The statement released by Amber Heard after the divorce

After the divorce of the two celebrities was finalized, they released a joint statement. It said, “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 also 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 statement released by Amber Heard after the divorce
The statement released by Amber Heard after the divorce

Soon, Amber Heard too released a statement regarding the charity. “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.” She also added that the amount she was pledging was “over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future.”

Johnny Depp got permission from a judge last year

Last year, Johnny Depp asked a judge to allow him to ask ACLU to reveal the amount Heard had donated. That is how the information came to light. After Depp was granted permission, ACLU recorded the disposition. The organization was also asked to share documents as proof that she has.

A judge granted Johnny Depp permission to ask ACLU about Amber Heard's donation
A judge granted Johnny Depp permission to ask ACLU about Amber Heard’s donation

According to her attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, Amber Heard is planning to make the full donation. But the schedule of the same has not been determined yet. She added, “Heard has always said she fully intends to continue to give the full $7 million, but she can’t do it yet. She will do it when she can. But she has given a significant amount.”

The proceedings of the case can be viewed online.

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