Amber Heard Donates Full $7 Million Divorce Settlement from Johnny Depp to 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,” Heard, 30, said in a Thursday statement obtained by PEOPLE.
The actress added: “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.”
Earlier this week, Depp and Heard announced that they had reached a divorce settlement outside of court, just one day before their scheduled restraining order hearing.
The former couple confirmed the settlement in a joint statement to PEOPLE commenting that their relationship was “intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”
On Tuesday, a judge dismissed the domestic violence case against Depp and terminated the actor’s temporary restraining order, according to court documents obtained by PEOPLE.
Heard added in her statement on Tuesday that the donation will be divided amongst a number of charities but with “a particular focus to stop violence against women” as well as the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where Heard has worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years.
“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,” the actress concluded in her statement.
Heard has donated the full sum to ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
ACLU executive director Anthony Romero issued a statement, in which he thanked Heard for the donation.
“For years, we have worked through the courts and legislatures around the country to make sure that domestic violence victims are fully protected by the law and receive the government assistance they deserve,” he said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. “We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support – she can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”
The hospital’s CEO Paul Viviano also thanked Heard: “Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”
Heard was first granted a temporary restraining order in May after claiming that Depp had verbally and physically abused her throughout their relationship and marriage.