Amber Heard claimed she’d be donating proceeds from her divorce settlement to charity, and the “Rum Diaries” actress is proving to be true to her word by donating the entire $7 million (confirming that’s the amount she’s receiving) to various charitable organizations.
“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,” says Heard in a statement.
“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,” she continues.
“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,” the statement reads. “Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child.”
She concludes: “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.”
Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the ACLU, issued a statement to express the organization’s gratitude for the donation. “We are incredibly grateful that Ms. Heard has so very generously shown her support for the important and necessary advocacy for victims of domestic violence,” said D. Romero. “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. 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.”
In addition, Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, likewise issued a statement: “On behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ leadership, staff and the thousands of brave patients and their families who will benefit from this donation, I would like to thank Amber Heard for this tremendous gift. Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”
Heard’s acrimonious divorce from Johnny Depp was settled earlier this week, with the estranged couple issuing a joint statement in which they claimed, “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love.”