Amber Heard Donates $7M Divorce Settlement to Two Charities

By Chika Dunu, Epoch Times
August 19, 2016 Updated: August 19, 2016

Amber Heard will donate her multimillion-dollar divorce settlement to two charities.

The actress announced on Aug. 18 that she hopes to “help those less able to defend themselves” by donating half of her $7.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to prevent violence against women, and the other half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

“Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child,” she said in a statement, reported E! News.

“I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.”

Anthony D. Romero, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, expressed gratitude for Heard’s generous donation and the impact it will have on the continued push for domestic violence advocacy.

“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,” Romero told Epoch Times in an email. “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.”

Heard and Depp reached a divorce settlement on Aug. 16 after a contentious split mired in domestic abuse allegations. Heard claimed her short-lived marriage to the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor was filled with violent outbursts and substance abuse. Depp has always refuted her claims.

The pair released a joint statement acknowledging both acrimonious and loving moments in their relationship.

“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love,” read the joint statement. “There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains.”