When Heard was awarded $7 million in the couple’s divorce settlement earlier this month, she announced she would donate all of the money to her two favorite charities – the American Civil Liberties Union, with a focus on battling violence against women, and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she has volunteered for 10 years.
However, Depp’s rep announced in a statement that the actor had decided to cut out the middle man and donate the settlement money directly to the charities in a series of installments.
In response, a member of Heard’s team made a statement Thursday rejecting Depp’s payment plan. While the statement said that she “appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest in supporting two of her favorite charities” and called it “great and unexpected news,” they insisted Depp was attempting to change the terms of their settlement.
“If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber,” the statement continued, adding that Depp should make the payment in a lump sum rather than in installments.
“Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported,” the statement concluded.
The ACLU confirms to PEOPLE that the organization has already received the funds, while the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles “has received the first installment and we are grateful to Mr. Depp,” says DeAnn S. Marshall, senior vice president, chief development and marketing officer of the hospital.