Earlier this week, the former couple announced their divorce settlement and said that their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”
Heard received $7M in the settlement and instead of keeping the money for her personal finances, she donated it all to two charities.
The 30-year-old actress is giving half of the settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to prevent violence against women, and half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. In a statement, she said that she hopes the money can “help those less able to defend themselves.”
Heard accused Depp of hitting her and throwing a cell phone at her face during a fight. Depp’s camp denied the claims and said that the actress was using the false allegations as a way to earn more in the settlement.
In a statement after the divorce was finalized, Heard said, “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 $7M and $7M 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 continued, “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.”
Amber and Johnny married in February 2015 and announced their split this past May.
Both of the actors released a joint statement this past week that read, “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm.”
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