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Johnny Depp Scores Small Victory Against Amber Heard’s $9.4 Million Divorce Settlement Promise

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Johnny Depp Scores Small Victory Against Amber Heard’s $9.4 Million Divorce Settlement Promise

Johnny Depp has scored a 'rare victory' against his ex-wife's divorce settlement.

Amber Heard promised to donate the AU$9.4 million she secured as part of the uncoupling to the the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.

But The Pirates of the Caribbean star has questioned whether this actually happened when the pledge was made after they divorced in 2016.

Depp's lawyer Andrew Caldecott said the donation was 'a calculated and manipulative lie' that 'tipped the scales against Mr Depp from the very beginning', according to The Independent.

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A New York judge has partially granted their petition to make the ACLU unlock their financial documents to prove whether Heard did indeed give over the substantial amount of money.

A representative for Depp said the actor is 'most gratified by the Court's decision' this week that will see whether his ex-wife upheld her commitment to the ACLU.

Caldecott claimed the Children's Hospital Los Angeles revealed back in 2019 that they hadn't received a cent from Heard.

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Lawyers for British newspaper The Sun hit back at the allegation and said Heard was planning to distribute the payments over 10 years.

When she gave evidence during her trial in February, the Aquaman star said: "I remained financially independent from him [Depp] the whole time we were together and the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity."

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Johnny Depp lost a libel case against The Sun newspaper and executive editor Dan Wootton late last year after a lengthy legal battle.

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He was forced to pay a substantial amount of money in legal costs to News Group Newspapers. The case centred on whether an article published in The Sun in which Depp was called a 'wife beater' was libellous.

Depp argued the case had been aggravated by his name being included alongside that of convicted sex offender Harvey Weinstein, as well as the fact The Sun retained the article on its website.

The truth of the matter was decided on the balance of probabilities, a lower standard than required in a criminal case.

He said he would appeal the decision, however that was dismissed in March earlier this year.

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The actor was kicked off the next Pirates of the Caribbean film as well as the third Fantastic Beasts film as a result of the high-profile court case.

Heard also faced calls to be axed from the Aquaman sequel and petitions racked up millions of signatures. However, those campaigns have fallen on deaf ears.

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Topics: johnny depp, Amber Heard, Entertainment, Celebrity

Stewart Perrie
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