Johnny Depp gets his first win in his long-running legal battle with ex-wife, Amber Heard. A New York judge has granted part of Heard’s petition to determine whether she donated the entirety of her $7 million divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, as she promised.
Johnny Depp’s lawyer, Andrew Caldecott, on the other hand, claims that Amber Heard’s promised donation was a “calculated and manipulative lie” that “tipped the scales against Mr Depp from the very beginning.” He further claimed that in 2019, Depp’s business advisor received a letter from the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles informing him that Heard had not made any payments.
As a result of the verdict, the ACLU will have to produce documents that show whether Heard followed through on her donation commitment.
In a statement to USA Today, Depp’s attorney Benjamin Chew said, “Mr. Depp is most gratified by the Court’s decision.”
Depp lost a libel action in London last November against The Sun’s publisher after a headline in 2018 referred to him as a “wife beater.” The Aquaman star had accused him of domestic violence in Los Angeles in 2016, while they were terminating their short and tumultuous marriage.
In court, in March, lawyers for The Sun’s publisher dismissed the claims claiming that Heard did not lie about the donations as she was agreeing to pay the sum over a 10-year period. According to Adam Wolanski of News Group Newspapers, she has made “a number of payments already in pursuance of these pledges.”
“I remained financially independent from him [Johnny Depp] the whole time we were together and the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity,” Amber Heard testified in a statement dated February 26.
While ruling in The Sun’s favour in the libel action, Judge Andrew Nichol mentioned the gesture, saying that the “donation of the $7 million to charity is hardly the act one would expect of a gold digger.”
The producer of ‘Aquaman 2′ responds to fan outrage over Amber Heard’s exclusion.
Peter Safran, the producer of the Aquaman sequel, Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom, recently spoke out in response to a petition started by Johnny Depp’s fans demanding that Amber Heard be removed from the film. During an interview with Deadline, Safran denied all claims that Heard would be fired from the project due to the controversy.
“I don’t think that we’re ever going to react to, honestly, pure fan pressure. You gotta do what you feel is best for the movie,” Safran explained.
He went on, “We felt that if it’s James Wan and Jason Momoa, it should be Amber Heard. That’s really what it was.”
The producers were not “unaware of what is going on in the Twitter-verse,” according to Safran,”but that doesn’t mean you have to react to it or take it as gospel or accede to their wishes. You have to do what you feel is right for the film, and that’s really where we landed on it.”