Johnny Depp is scheduled to make his first public appearance since his divorce settlement from Amber Heard when he accepts the inaugural Rhonda’s Kiss Healing and Hope Award.
The organization, which helps cancer patients in need, is putting on a concert on Thursday, Nov. 3, at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and the 53-year-old actor is expected to attend. Proceeds from the event — which will have Weezer performing and Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath emceeing — will go to the Cedars-Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute.
“Cancer affects many lives and this year it was my family’s turn,” Depp said in a statement. “The team at Cedars-Sinai works tirelessly to help people in their darkest moments. Their work is invaluable to all of us, and I will support any opportunity to help shine a light on the cause through Rhonda’s Kiss.”
In May, just three days prior to announcing his split from Heard, Depp’s mother died after battling a long illness. She was 81. “The contributions Johnny has continually made in honor of his mother have been instrumental in helping us to develop the kind of research we need to move the needle forward in the fight against lung cancer,” Dr. Mirhadi said, adding that Depp has made “regular visits” with cancer patients, and has been “instrumental in supporting research on lung cancer in our department at Cedars-Sinai.”
General admission tickets are currently sold out for the Rhonda’s Kiss event, but limited VIP tickets are still available at www.rhondaskiss.org.
In addition to receiving this charitable award, Depp is also donating the $7 million that was awarded to Heard in their divorce settlement to charity, per the actress’ request. However, Heard was displeased to find out that her ex had plans to send installments of the amount to the charities she chose.
A member of Heard’s team told ET last month that she wanted the amount doubled to account for Depp’s tax deduction, and for him to pay the full amount immediately.
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