Amber Heard paid less than half of the $ 3.5 million promised to the ACLU due to ‘financial difficulties;’ leading witnesses

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Amber Heard has not fulfilled her obligation to donate $ 3.5 million from her Johnny Depp divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union, Terence Dougherty, ACLU’s COO and attorney general testified Thursday as part of Depp’s $ 50 million defamation case against his ex-wife.

Dougherty said Heard agreed to give half of her $ 7 million settlement in 2016, but as of this year, she had paid less than half of the commitment.

The most recent installment was made in December 2018, and in 2019, Dougherty said the ACLU contacted Heard about continued payments and was told she was having “financial difficulties.”

He said Heard had directly paid $ 350,000 to the ACLU. A $ 100,000 check from Depp, a $ 500,000 payment from a donor-advised fund at Vanguard, which Dougherty said the organization believes is linked to Elon Musk, Heard’s ex-boyfriend, and a $ 350,000 payment from a donor-advised fund at Fidelity, which he also believes came from Musk, rounded off the payments.

Actress Amber Heard speaks to her legal team in the courtroom of Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Actress Amber Heard speaks to her legal team in the courtroom of Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 28, 2022.
(Michael Reynolds / Pool Photo via AP)

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In all, she was credited with donating $ 1.3 million, the majority of which appeared to come from Musk and Depp.

“So it’s fair to say she has not donated $ 3.5 million today?” Depp’s lawyer questioned Dougherty in his video testimony.

Actor Johnny Depp returns after a break at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 28, 2022.

Actor Johnny Depp returns after a break at Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Va., Thursday, April 28, 2022.
(Michael Reynolds / Pool Photo via AP)

“True,” Dougherty replied.

Musk sent an email to ACLU chief executive in 2017 after he started dating Heard, explaining that his girlfriend intended to fulfill her $ 3.5 million promise over 10 years, Dougherty testified, but said that the time commitment was not “specifically confirmed”.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla Berlin Brandenburg plant in Gruenheide, Germany on March 22, 2022. Musk dated Amber Heard after her divorce, and the ACLU believes he helped Heard with some of her promised donation to the organization. .

Tesla CEO Elon Musk attends the opening of the Tesla Berlin Brandenburg plant in Gruenheide, Germany on March 22, 2022. Musk dated Amber Heard after her divorce, and the ACLU believes he helped Heard with some of her promised donation to the organization. .
(Patrick Pleul / Pool Photo via AP, File)

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Dougherty also testified that the ACLU drafted the statement that Heard wrote, claiming that Depp had abused her during their marriage. The Washington Post op-ed is at the center of Depp’s defamation case. He denies the allegations.

Heard planned to donate the remaining $ 3.5 million from her $ 7 million divorce settlement to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. It is unclear whether she fulfilled this obligation.

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