Amber Heard‘s allegations of domestic abuse leveled at Johnny Depp earned national headlines and understandably so. Earlier this week, Depp and Heard sorted out their divorce case and a settlement was reached. Jump forward to today, where Heard announced her plans for the $7 million settlement.
As reported by Variety, Heard has issued a statement informing the press and public that she’ll be donating all of the settlement money to charitable causes. That’s a lot of money (y’know, MILLIONS) earmarked to bypass her bank account and go to organizations like the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. The donation headed to the ACLU will be used with a focus on stopping violence against women.
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,” she said in the statement.
“As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated,” she went on. “This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future.”
The generous donation of the settlement money has not gone overlooked by those receiving the financial support. American Civil Liberties Union executive director Anthony D. Romero heaped praise on Heard for her kindness.
“We are incredibly grateful that Ms. Heard has so very generously shown her support for the important and necessary advocacy for victims of domestic violence,” he said. “For years, we have worked through the courts and legislatures around the country to make sure that domestic violence victims are fully protected by the law and receive the government assistance they deserve. We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support — she can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”