Amber Heard hasn’t given any money to charity following her divorce from Johnny Depp, but the actress’ attorney Pierce O’Donnell says it’s because their divorce hasn’t been finalized yet.
When the couple reached their agreement in August, the actress had promised to donate the $7 million she earns from the divorce entirely to charity. She said she planned to split the money between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, as well as the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
However, her attorney Pierce O’Donnell, also says that she hasn’t been able to donate the funds yet as the divorce documents haven’t been signed.
“The settlement documents are being finalized and will be signed this week,” her lawyer explained. “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.”
O’Donnell continued, “Amber’s commitment to protecting victims of domestic violence and helping sick children is her life’s work. Her recent PSA on domestic violence does not violate her settlement agreement with Johnny. She will continue to lend her voice to the rising chorus of women speaking out about this terrible scourge on the American family.”
According to E! News, Heard has already donated an installment to CHLA and to ACLU.
Holding back tears, she touched on her own abuse allegations against Depp, which made headlines earlier this year. “I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that label of ‘victim,'” she explained. “It happens to so many women. When it happens in your home, behind closed doors, with someone you love, it’s not as straightforward. If a stranger did this it would be a no-brainer.”
She concluded, “Speak up, speak up. Raise your voice, your voice is the most powerful thing and we, together, as women standing shoulder to shoulder cannot and will not any longer accept silence.”