Johnny Depp Granted Permission to Determine If Amber Heard Donated Divorce Settlement to ACLU

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Marc Piasecki/WireImage; Phillip Faraone/Getty Johnny Depp (L); Amber Heard         

A New York decide has dominated in favor of Johnny Depp‘s request to find out whether or not ex-wife Amber Heard adopted by way of with donating a part of her divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

The actress, 35, beforehand pledged to donate her $7 million settlement to each the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles shortly after the pair’s divorce was finalized in 2017. According to the court docket papers, filed by Depp and his legal professionals in New York and obtained by PEOPLE this previous May, they’ve been asking each organizations to share how a lot Heard has donated.

USA Today stories {that a} decide in New York has granted Depp, 58, permission to find out whether or not the Aquaman actress donated to the ACLU. The group has been requested to launch paperwork to verify.

“Mr. Depp is most gratified by the Court’s decision,” the Sweeney Todd actor’s legal professional, Benjamin Chew, instructed the outlet in a press release.

In a July 22 listening to transcript supplied to PEOPLE by Heard’s legal professional Elaine Bredehoft, Bredehoft stated her consumer continues to be planning to donate one half of her whole settlement to the ACLU and the opposite half to CHLA — and whereas “it is undetermined what those payment schedules will be,” Heard has already made “the first payment toward the pledges” after which some — particularly, “more than a million” every to the ACLU and CHLA.

“We produced the documents from the ACLU on how much she has. She has always said she fully intends to continue to give the full $7 million, but she can’t do it yet. She will do it when she can. But she has given a significant amount to both,” Bredehoft added of Heard, partly.

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Venturelli/Getty; John Phillips/Getty Amber Heard (L); Johnny Depp         

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Depp sued the ACLU again in May to drive the nonprofit to disclose whether or not Heard made the donations she pledged after their divorce settlement.

In the court docket papers, Depp “respectfully request(ed) that this Court enter an order directing the ACLU Witnesses to fully comply with the Subpoenas.” Depp sought the paperwork for his ongoing $50 million defamation case towards Heard for her 2018 Op-Ed about home violence revealed in The Washington Post.

The subpoenas had been for “discovery concerning any donations to the ACLU Foundation by Ms. Heard or in her name, and/or any public statements related to such donations; communications with Ms. Heard or those acting on her behalf concerning her relationship with Mr. Depp and divorce from Mr. Depp; discovery concerning Ms. Heard’s work as an ‘ambassador’ for the ACLU Foundation and the conception, drafting, and placement of the Op-Ed; and communications with Ms. Heard or those acting on her behalf concerning the Virginia Action and the preparation and submission of the Wizner Declaration.”

Depp beforehand claimed Heard hadn’t donated the cash whereas hoping to overturn the ruling in his “wife-beater” libel case towards the U.Ok.’s The Sun earlier this yr. Depp’s legal professionals argued the decide was swayed by Heard’s pledges to charity.

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In reply, Heard’s authorized group said that she has accomplished “nothing dishonest” together with her donations to each charities and that she “pledged to pay over 10 years” — one thing they added was “understood” by the ACLU.

To help this, the actress’s attorneys supplied their very own proof, which they stated confirmed Heard has gifted $950,000 to the ACLU and $850,000 to the CHLA by way of nameless donors. (In April 2018, the hospital additionally talked about the Justice League star on their 2017 donors record honor roll in a class for donations between $1 million and $4,999,999 million.)

In a written judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal in London, Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Dingemans refused Depp’s software for a contemporary trial on the grounds {that a} second listening to was unlikely to provide a special consequence.

After the court docket’s ruling was made, a spokesperson for Heard stated in a press release to Yahoo Entertainment, “We are happy — however by no means surprised — by the Court’s denial of Mr. Depp’s application for appeal. The evidence presented in the UK case was overwhelming and undeniable. To reiterate, the original verdict was that Mr. Depp committed domestic violence against Amber on no fewer than 12 occasions and she was left in fear of her life. The verdict and lengthy, well-reasoned Judgment, including the Confidential Judgment, have been affirmed. Mr. Depp’s claim of new and important evidence was nothing more than a press strategy, and has been soundly rejected by the Court.”


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