ACLU says Amber Heard has paid less than half of her promised $3.5 million donation: NPR


Amber Heard has filed a countersuit against Johnny Depp, seeking $100 million in damages and claiming her legal team falsely accused her of fabricating claims against Depp. The former couple were seen here in court last week.

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ACLU says Amber Heard has paid less than half of her promised $3.5 million donation: NPR

Amber Heard has filed a countersuit against Johnny Depp, seeking $100 million in damages and claiming her legal team falsely accused her of fabricating claims against Depp. The former couple were seen here in court last week.

Jim Lo Scalzo/POOL/AFP via Getty Images

Actor Amber Heard broke his promise to donate $3.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union, according to testimony in the libel case filed by Heard’s ex-husband, actor Johnny Depp.

Details from an ACLU executive about Heard’s donation were quickly seen as potentially undermining Heard’s credibility with the jury hearing the case in Fairfax County, Virginia.

The pledge agreement asks Heard to donate the money over 10 years, beginning in August 2016. But she hasn’t made a payment since December 2018, the chief operating officer and general counsel said. of the ACLU, Terence Dougherty, in recorded video testimony.

When the ACLU contacted Heard about another installment of her gift in 2019, Dougherty added, “we have learned that she is struggling financially.”

Heard made the promise as she ended her marriage to Depp, saying she would split $7 million between the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Heard was credited with donating $1.3 million in four installments, Dougherty said. But not all of the money came directly from her: $100,000 came from Depp, and another $500,000 came from a Vanguard account the ACLU believes is associated with Elon Musk — who Heard dated after her breakup with Depp.

Dougherty oversees the financial, legal, and other units of the ACLU. In his testimony, he was also asked about the ACLU’s role in the opinion piece that prompted Depp to sue Heard: a 2018 op-ed published by The Washington Post in which Heard called for a change in how the United States treats victims of abuse and urged support for the Violence Against Women Act.

Dougherty described the editorial process, which he said was reviewed by attorneys from the ACLU and Heard’s own legal team. He described email discussions about how close the article should mention Depp — with Heard’s attorneys saying naming him would violate the terms of a nondisclosure agreement in his divorce settlement, and attorneys for the ACLU saying the article wouldn’t have as much impact if Depp wasn’t mentioned.

In the latest post, Heard clearly touched on her personal experiences, but she didn’t refer to Depp by name. Her legal team argues she only told the truth in the editorial.

In her 2019 court complaint, Depp said: “The editorial clearly concerned the alleged victimization of Ms Heard after she publicly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp, of domestic violence in 2016, when she appeared in court with a seemingly battered face and obtained a temporary injunction against Mr. Depp.”

the To post piece went through numerous rounds of edits by Heard’s team and the ACLU. In his testimony, Dougherty said, “Based on my review of previous versions of the editorial, I knew it was referring to Johnny Depp and his marriage.”

Dougherty also said Heard wanted the article to come out around the same time as his 2018 action flick. Aquamanto give a publicity boost to the cause she defended.

Depp is suing Heard on three counts of defamation, seeking at least $50 million in compensatory damages and punitive damages of at least $350,000, plus attorneys’ fees and court costs.

Heard, 36, filed a countersuit against Depp, 58, seeking $100 million in damages and claiming her legal team falsely accused her of fabricating claims against Depp.

Depp’s legal team is believed to be nearing the end of its jury presentations, and Heard’s attorneys are expected to begin presenting their side of the case next week. The court will resume on Monday.


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