Amber Heard Donates $350,000 to ACLU Ahead of Finalizing Divorce to Johnny Depp
UPDATE: A source tells E! News that Amber Heardhas, in fact, given a hefty sum to a charity near and dear to her, the American Civil Liberties Union. The actress donated a whopping $350,000 to the organization just days before her divorce from Johnny Depp is said to be finalized.
Amber has yet to donate her settlement money to charity following her divorce from Depp, but there's good reason why: their divorce hasn't been finalized yet.
When the couple reached their agreement in August, the actress had promised to donate the $7 million she earns from the divorce entirely to charity. She said she planned to split the money between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, as well as the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
However, her attorney Pierce O'Donnell, tells E! News she hasn't been able to donate the funds yet as the divorce documents haven't been signed.
"The settlement documents are being finalized and will be signed this week," her lawyer explained. "Johnny is obligated by the settlement to pay Amber, and she in turn will honor her pledges to Children's Hospital and the American Civil Liberties Union."
O'Donnell continued, "Amber's commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence and helping sick children is her life's work. Her recent PSA on domestic violence does not violate her settlement agreement with Johnny. She will continue to lend her voice to the rising chorus of women speaking out about this terrible scourge on the American family."
Though the full $7 million hasn't been donated just yet, the ACLU confirmed to E! News in August that they had received the first installment in Heard's name. CHLA also confirmed they received a check in Heard's name, telling E! News in a statement at the time, "Children's Hospital Los Angeles has received the first installment and we are grateful."
Meanwhile, the actress also released a very emotional PSA over the weekend, teaming up with #GirlGaze Project to address violence against women and domestic abuse.
Holding back tears, she touched on her own abuse allegations against Depp, which made headlines earlier this year. "I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that label of 'victim,'" she explained. "It happens to so many women. When it happens in your home, behind closed doors, with someone you love, it's not as straightforward. If a stranger did this it would be a no-brainer."
Heard expressed her appreciation and gratefulness to have a few women in her life who supported her during the trying time. "If I hadn't had a few people that I really trust around me, a few women support, a few friends. If I hadn't had them around me, how different my life would be."
She concluded, "Speak up, speak up. Raise your voice, your voice is the most powerful thing and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder cannot and will not any longer accept silence."
(Originally published on Monday, November 28, 2016 at 2:24 p.m. PT)