Johnny Depp donates USD 1 million settlement from Amber Heard to charity
After receiving a USD 1 million settlement from ex-wife Amber Heard, Johnny Depp has decided to donate the entire sum to various charities.
Sources close to the "Pirates of the Caribbean" told the media that Depp will be donating USD 200,000 each to five different charities. The donation will be going to charities that benefit sick children, conserve the environment and those that provide safe housing for underserved communities.
Namely, they include Make-A-Film, The Painted Turtle, Red Feather, Teitaroa Society, and Amazonia Fund Alliance.
In March 2019, Depp filed a USD 50 million defamation lawsuit against Heard, after the Washington Post published an op-ed she wrote about being the victim of domestic violence. While Depp's name was not mentioned in the article, the story came out at a time when their contentious divorce was continuing to make headlines.
After weeks of back-and-forth in the courtroom, the jury ultimately sided with Depp in June of 2022, and the 60-year-old actor was awarded USD 10 million in compensatory damages and USD 5 million in punitive damages. However, the punitive damages were later reduced to USD 350,000.
Even though Depp won the defamation trial, the same jury also found Depp liable, citing comments previously made by Depp's lawyer, Adam Waldman—where he had referred to Heard's claims as a "hoax". That counterclaim awarded Heard USD 2 million in compensatory damages.
In December, Heard ultimately chose to settle the case, saying in a statement, "I have made no admission. This is not an act of concession. There are no restrictions or gags with respect to my voice moving forward."