Heard said she’s donating half of the settlement to American Civil Liberties Union, “with a particular focus to stop violence against women,” and to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where she has worked as a volunteer for the past ten years.
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,” she said in the statement.
“As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated,” she went on. “This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future.”
Both the ACLU and Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles responded to the donations in statements. “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,” said Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union. “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.”
“On behalf of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles’ leadership, staff and the thousands of brave patients and their families who will benefit from this donation, I would like to thank Amber Heard for this tremendous gift,” said Paul S. Viviano, president and chief executive officer, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. “Her generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”
Heard and Depp settled their divorce case on Tuesday. Heard had previously accused Depp of physically assaulting her on several occasions. She withdrew allegations and retracted her request for a restraining order as well, which she filed on April 27.