Amber Heard isn’t keeping any of the money she’s getting in the divorce settlement with Johnny Depp.
Exclusives news Gathered That The 30-year-old actress confirmed she was awarded $7 million in a statement on Thursday, adding, “and $7 million is being donated.”
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has,” Heard said. “Except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.”
Heard went on to outline the two charities which will receive her substantial donation.
“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,” she added. “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.”
“I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future,” Heard concluded. “Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.”
The American Civil Liberties Union thanked Heard for showing “her support for the important and necessary advocacy for victims of domestic violence,” the organizations said in a statement.
“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,” said ACLU executive director Anthony D. Romero. “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.”
Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, also applauded Heard in 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,” Viviano said. “Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”