Amber Heard is giving her full $7 million divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charities helping abused women and sick children, she said Thursday.
The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, “with a particular focus on helping defend battered women,” and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she has worked as a volunteer over the last decade, she said in a statement.
“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 said in a statement announcing the generous gifts.
The “Danish Girl” actress filed for divorce from the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star last May, ending the couple’s brief 15-month marriage.
She claimed Depp verbally and physically abused her throughout their relationship and hurled a cell phone into her face with “great force” on May 21.
The couple’s contentious divorce battle reached its last-minute settlement Monday night, shortly before a mini trial on the abuse allegations was set to begin Wednesday.
A video leaked to TMZ.com last Friday showed Depp kicking a wall, slamming cabinets, pouring a giant goblet of wine, shattering something off-camera and grabbing Heard’s phone.
As part of the settlement, the sparring spouses released a carefully worded joint-statement Tuesday that had been a main sticking point during weeks of back-and-forth negotiations.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” the statement read. “Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain.”
It said Heard planned to donate an undisclosed portion of her settlement money to charity.
Actress Amber Heard leaves Los Angeles Superior Court court on Friday, May 27, 2016.
“There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm,” the couple’s statement said.
“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 Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union.
“We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support,” he said. “She can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”