It's been a tumultuous — albeit fairly short — whirlwind of a divorce for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, but after all of the venomous reports we've read over the past couple of months, it seems that their split may actually benefit the greater good in the end.
Shortly after they settled their divorce a couple of weeks ago, Heard announced she will be donating all of her $7 million settlement to the ACLU and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, and apparently Depp was so touched by her generosity that he's volunteered to cut out the middle man and send the money straight to Heard's chosen organizations.
"Following Amber Heard's announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honor the full amount of Ms. Heard's pledge," Depp's lawyer told TMZ. "Ms. Heard's generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected."
It sounds nice, and in our hearts we want to believe that Depp's actions are pure, but it also seems an awful lot like Depp just called Heard's bluff — and sending the checks straight to charity is a passive-aggressive way of saying he doesn't believe she really intends to donate all of her settlement.
Judging by a quick counter statement from her lawyer, Heard also believes that Depp's decision might not be coming from a great place.
"Amber Heard appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest in supporting two of her favorite charities, the ACLU for domestic violence and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. This is great and unexpected news," a statement shared with Us Weekly on Thursday said. "However, if Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14 million to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7 million payment obligation to Amber. We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years.... Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported."
Yikes. Whether Depp is calling Heard's bluff or is trying to minimize the amount of money he pays out, it sure seems like the war is raging on between the former couple.
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