Amber Heard Admits To Not Honouring Her Promised $7 Million Donation
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Amber Heard has admitted to failing to pay her pledged $7 million donation, despite previously claiming to have paid the contribution.
Depp's lawyer Camille Vasquez asked Heard: "Sitting here today, Ms. Heard you still haven't donated the $7 million divorce settlement to charity, isn't that right?"
The Aquaman star replied: "Incorrect. I pledged the entirety, $7 million to charity and I intend to fulfill...."
However, the lawyer cut into Heard's answer, saying: "Ms. Heard that wasn't my question. Please try to answer my question.
"As of today, you have not paid $3.5 million dollars of your own money to the ACLU?"
The actor said: "I have not."
Vasquez added: "And as of today you have not paid $3.5 million dollars of your own money to the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles?"
Amber replied: "I have not yet."
Heard claimed she was yet to hand the funds over to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles because 'Johnny sued me' for $50 million.
She added: "I fully intend to honour all of my pledges. I would love for him to stop suing me so I can."
Heard's admission comes after she has claimed several times to have already paid the entire settlement to charity.
The Aquaman star made the claim on-camera on Dutch talk show RTL Late Night back in 2018.
"Seven million in total was donated. I split it between the ACLU and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles," she told host John de Mol at the time. "I wanted nothing."
She also made the claim under oath during the 2020 libel case against Depp in the UK.
ACLU Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Terence Dougherty testified earlier in the current Depp/Heard legal drama, telling the court that only $1.3 million has been received from Heard or from someone on her behalf.
Dougherty said that in the wake of the pledge, the ACLU received $350,000 directly from Heard, $100,000 paid through Depp, $500,000 paid through a donor-advised fund and a further $350,000 also paid through a donor-advised fund, amounting to a total of $1.3 million ($AUD 1.8 million, £1 million).
The court was shown documents, including a thank you note to Heard for her pledge, as well as a pledge form and a schedule regarding the donation.
The schedule was not signed by Heard but other documents indicate she was aware of the 10-year commitment, The Independent reports.
The pledge came after Heard divorced Depp in 2016, at which point she said she would divide her $7 million settlement between the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).
Heard's cross examination has now begun, with Depp's lawyers now able to scrutinise the Aquaman star's testimony in court.