Justice

Amber Heard Shatters Theory Against Abuse Allegations

When Amber Heard filed for divorce from Johnny Depp, citing his allegedly abusive behavior, critics were quick to argue that she fabricated the accusations to win a big financial settlement. 

On Thursday, Heard issued a statement to anyone who claimed she was only in it for the money. 

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Heard announced in a statement on Thursday that she will donate her entire $7 million divorce settlement to the Children's Hospital of of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), "with a particular focus to stop violence against women," Mashable reported. Heard accused Depp of domestic violence during their separation, and critics famously accused her of possibly lying about the abuse allegations just to get money from Depp. In June, Heard withdrew her spousal support request in fear that it would "distract and divert the public away from the very real issue of domestic violence," she stated in court papers at the time.

"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," Heard's latest statement reads. "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."

Depp and Heard closed their settlement earlier this week and released this joint statement, as reported by USA Today:

"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 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."

When Heard filed for divorce several months ago, she shared this photo of herself alleging abuse from Depp:

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As ATTN: previously noted, Depp's lawyer, Laura Wasser wrote in a court motion in May that Heard was “attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse." Depp's friend Doug Stanhope wrote a piece for The Wrap at the time accusing Heard of blackmailing Depp. Heard sued Stanhope for defamation after he made these claims.

On August 12, TMZ released a video that Heard secretly recorded of Depp getting angry and having an apparent drunken fit in their kitchen: