AMBER HEARD has issued a statement following the news that her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, is making the charity donations that she pledged to make with her $7 million divorce settlement directly to the actress’s chosen organisations.
In the statement, Heard – who announced on August 19 that she planned to split the amount between the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles – appears concerned that Depp is trying to reduce the amount that he has to pay out by not accounting for tax deductions.
“Amber Heard appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest in supporting two of her favourite charities, the ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) for domestic violence and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. This is great and unexpected news,” read a statement from Heard’s representative, reports the BBC. “However, if Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honour the full amount by donating $14m to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7m payment obligation to Amber.”
The statement also urged Depp to make the donations now, rather than delay the process “over many years”.
“Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported.”
Since the announcement that the couple had settled their acrimonious divorce last week, the tension felt by both sides doesn’t appear to be waning, despite them stating in a joint statement that “there will be no further public statements about this matter.”