At this stage, you could call the latest legal brouhaha between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard – Settlement: The Reckoning. A week after Heard announced she was donating to charity the $7 million she received in the August 16 divorce settlement between the two of them, the divorcing Pirates of the Caribbean actor and Justice League actress are now at loggerheads about how that money should be paid out and even how much.
“Amber Heard appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest in supporting two of her favorite charities, the ACLU for domestic violence and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles,” said a statement from Heard’s camp today ‘This is great and unexpected news.”
“However, if Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber,” the statement adds of the organization which Heard has long supported and, in the case of the Children’s Hospital, even volunteered at for a decade. “We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years. Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported.”
Basically Depp decided to hand the cash over directly to Heard’s chosen charities of the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles – or rather a first installment, sources say. That’s of course unlike the usual process in such settlements where one spouse writes the other a check and has them make the publicly stated donation in their own time. While it seems unlikely that the very well-paid Depp wouldn’t be able to easily write a check for the full $7 million and be done with the matter, his new approach may indicate something else going on such as other stipulations in the couple’s divorce or concerns, a source close to the matter suggests.
The duo married in February 2015 and Heard, who sought a restraining order against Depp in late May, filed for divorce this spring. The public scrutiny of the marriage dissolving came just as the Depp starring Alice Through the Looking Glass opened on Memorial Day weekend – to disappointing box office, it should be added.
Hearings and depositions were scheduled but it all seemed to end as well as it could at the last minute. Now, after what was termed an unsuccessful marriage “bound by love,” in an August 16 joint statement announcing the settlement and their divorce, things have once again gotten messy between Depp and Heard it seems – and there is undoubtedly more to come in this very public war of words and donations.