Johnny Depp’s defamation case against Amber Heard claims that Heard has not fulfilled her promise to donate $3.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Jurors in Fairfax County, Va. were quick to see the ACLU executive’s revelations as potentially undercutting Heard’s credibility when it came to his donation.
Amber Heard has agreed to donate the money over a period of ten years, beginning in August 2016, according to the agreement. ACLU Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Terence Dougherty said in a recorded video testimony that she hasn’t paid since December 2018.
After contacting Amber Heard about another installment of her gift in 2019, Dougherty said that “we learned that she was having financial difficulties.”
Amber Heard pledged $7 million to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as she announced the end of her marriage to Depp.
Dougherty claims that Heard donated $1.3 million over four installments. In addition, she received $100,000 from Johnny Depp and another $500,000 from a Vanguard account linked to Elon Musk, who she dated after splitting from Depp, according to the ACLU.
Dougherty is in charge of the ACLU’s finances, legal team, and other departments. At one point during his testimony, the ACLU’s role in the 2018 Washington Post opinion piece on domestic violence that sparked Johnny Depp’s lawsuit against Heard was brought up by the judge, who asked him about his organization’s involvement in that piece.
According to Dougherty, the op-ed was reviewed by lawyers from the ACLU and Heard’s own legal team before it was published. On email, he described how Heard’s lawyers argued that naming Depp would violate a non-disclosure agreement in her divorce settlement and the ACLU’s lawyers said the piece wouldn’t have as much impact if Depp weren’t mentioned.
Finally, in the piece, Amber Heard used her own experiences, but she didn’t mention Depp by name. There was no fabrication in the op-ed, her legal team insists.
In his 2019 court complaint, Depp said, “the op-ed plainly was about Ms. Heard’s purported victimization after she publicly accused her former husband, Johnny Depp, of domestic abuse in 2016, when she appeared in court with an apparently battered face and obtained a temporary restraining order against Mr. Depp.”
Amber Heard’s team and the ACLU went through several rounds of editing to get the piece just right. By looking at previous drafts of the op-ed, Dougherty testified, “I knew she was referring to Johnny Depp and her marriage” in his testimony.
The article was timed to coincide with Heard’s 2018 action film Aquaman, according to Dougherty, in order to give publicity to the cause she was advocating for.
At least $50 million in compensatory damages and at least $350,000 in punitive damages are sought by Depp in his defamation lawsuit against Heard.
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