If you didn’t know her name before, you likely know it now: Amber Heard. Now, she is more well-known for her high profile divorce from Johnny Depp than she is for her film roles. Recently in Depp’s defamation trial against her, his lawyers revealed a little secret. Amber Heard had only donated $1.3 million of the money that she pledged to the ACLU from her divorce settlement – and a large portion of that money wasn’t even hers. $500,000 of it, it seems, came from Elon Musk.
Amber Heard Has Not Paid What She Pledged To Charity From Divorce Settlement
When Amber Heard and Johnny Depp divorced in 2016, Amber Heard pledged to donate the $7 million she received from the divorce settlement to charity. Her chosen charities were the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. Of the two, the ACLU was to receive $3.5 million over the span of 10 years. (1)
Eight years later, however, the ACLU has received only $1.5 million. Terence Dougherty, the general counsel, and chief operating officer of the ACLU, spoke in a deposition about her unfulfilled promise. What they believe is that Heard paid about $350,000 herself. Depp paid another $100,000. Another $350,000 came from a fund at Fidelity, an investment fund.
Dougherty says the remaining $500,000, however, is from a fund set up by her billionaire ex-boyfriend Elon Musk.
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Organized By Musk
The $500,000 came from an account at investment firm Vanguard. The fund was set up by Musk after Heard and Depp’s divorce. In email chains between ACLU and Musk, they discussed the fund and how Amber Heard would pay the pledge over the span of 10 years. Eight years into her promise, however, and she is not anywhere near fulfilling that promise.
“Amber, I described your plan to donate $3.5 million to the ACLU over the next 10 years as you very much believe what you were doing,” Musk wrote in an email. (2)
Heard’s lawyers say that she fully intends to pay the full amount. They explained that she currently needs that money to pay her legal fees from the defamation lawsuit and trial. Depp’s lawyers asked Dougherty had done thus far to try and get her to pay.