After three months of ironing out the details of their divorce settlement, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard are days away from having their agreement finalized, Heard’s lawyer told People.
A report from TMZ slammed Heard for not honoring her pledge to donate to the Children’s Hospital and ACLU – yet. But Heard’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, says she hasn’t paid up because her divorce is not yet finalized.
Depp and Heard came to an agreement in August that she would donate her $7 million settlement to two charities. Depp initially wanted to donate the money directly, but Heard argued that doing so would give him a major tax break.
Heard’s lawyer reassured that the settlement documents will be finalized and signed this week.
“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,” her lawyer said.
Although the settlement has not yet been finalized, the first installment was already donated in Heard’s name to both charities in August. Sources also told E! News that the actress donated $350,000 to ACLU.
Sources close to the matter say Depp will pay Heard $6.8 million: $7 million originally agreed upon, minus the $200,000 that was already donated to Children’s Hospital and ACLU in her name.
Heard will reportedly receive the money within 12 months, after which she will follow through on her promise to donate all of the settlement money. Her plan, according to TMZ, is to donate in multiple payments, with the full amount being donated by the end of 2018.
Sources not connected to Heard are skeptical that the charities will ever receive the money.
Heard recently appeared in a PSA about domestic abuse as part of a #GirlGaze Project. The actress claimed in the divorce that Depp had physically and mentally abused her during their marriage. Heard told her personal story in the PSA, but never mentioned Depp by name.
The actress is prohibited under the settlement agreement from addressing allegations about Depp.
Heard’s lawyer says she did not violate the agreement by participating in the video project, as she never mentions Depp’s name.
“She will continue to lend her voice to the rising chorus of women speaking out against this terrible scourge on the American family,” O’Donnell said.
Heard is now facing more legal trouble, as the actress is being hit with a $10 million lawsuit for allegedly breaching promotional and performance obligations related to the London Fields film.
According to the complaint, Heard is accused of committing tortious interference and breaching her contract. Heard allegedly refused to attend the Toronto Film Festival premiere of the film or engage in promotional services. She is also being charged with conspiring with Matthew Cullen to violate contractual agreements.
Additionally, the actress refused to act in the film’s “provocative scenes.” As a result, key scenes had to be rewritten or removed altogether to accommodate Heard.
Johnny Depp, Heard’s former husband, also has a small role in the film.