Johnny Depp has sent his first divorce settlement cheques to Amber Heard’s chosen charities, the actor announced on Thursday.
TMZ reports that both the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles received Depp’s first instalment cheques on Wednesday. Once all payments have been made, each charity is set to receive $3.5 million.
In a statement issued to TMZ, the actor’s rep said: “Following Amber Heard’s announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honour the full amount of Ms. Heard’s pledge.”
Shortly after releasing the statement, Heard fired back at Depp’s claims and slammed the star’s donation by pointing out a disingenuous loophole. The actress stated that Depp was attempting to save money by offering the sum directly to the charities instead of sending the money to Heard, as previously discussed. She is now demanding twice the amount to make up for the tax deduction Depp was set to receive for the donation. “If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honour the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber,” Heard’s rep told TMZ.
“We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years,” the rep added. “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.”
Following the former couple’s divorce settlement, Heard pledged to donate the full $7 million to charity, and stressed that money played no part in obtaining her temporary restraining order against Depp. “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,” she said in a statement.
Depp’s statement continued by extending praise to Heard’s “Ms. Heard’s generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected.”