Johnny Depp has recently won a lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, forcing her to reveal how much she donated to The American Civil Liberties Union after she won a $7 million settlement back in August 2016.
The Aquaman star promised to donate the full amount between the ACLU as well as the Children's Hospital in Los Angeles but according to Depp and his representatives, this might not be entirely true. This is a pivotal point in this case as the win forces Heard to reveal exactly how much she donated to both parties and if it's not the entire $7 million, Depp will have hard evidence against Heard's character.
The news comes after Depp and his team initially denied the domestic abuse claims and instead, accused Heard of attempting to earn financial compensation from the divorce. So the revelation of this donation will help the fifty-eight-year-old actor's case if his suspicions are correct.
However, even though the exact amount has not been identified, the ACLU website suggests that Heard did donate a large sum of money to the foundation to help the fight against violence against women. When the announcement was made back in 2016, Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the union said this: "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."
He continued: "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."
Since 2016, the battle between the former husband and wife has been grueling. From secret phone calls to compromising photographs, everything has been laid out in the courtroom, but no one was hit harder in all of this than Depp. The actor was forced to resign from jobs including his role as Grindelwald in the upcoming Fantastic Beasts film while Heard was allowed to stay on most of her projects, including her role in Aquaman 2, despite all the backlash against the controversial decision.
Things got even more heated in 2019 when Depp sued Heard for a $50 million defamation lawsuit after her publication in The Washington Post, which led to a trial the following year that Depp subsequently lost. In the same year, he also lost his case against The Sun newspaper who called him a "wife-beater."
Even though things haven't played out entirely in his favor throughout this ordeal, Depp is hoping that this lawsuit will aid him with some ammunition against Heard's character.
This is a developing story so stay tuned for further updates.