Amber Heard Has Paid Less Than Half of Her $3.5 Million Promise, Says ACLU

Johnny Depp’s team claimed that Heard hasn’t fulfilled her promise to donate $3.5 million to the American Civil Liberties Union. Hearing from an ACLU executive about Heard’s donation, the jurors in Fairfax County, Va. began to doubt Heard’s trustworthiness.

For the next ten years, beginning in August of 2016, Heard will give the money under the terms of the commitment agreement. Terence Dougherty, the ACLU’s Chief Operating Officer, and General Counsel testified in videotaped testimony that she has not made a payment since December 2018.

As Dougherty explained, “we heard that she was having financial difficulties” when the ACLU contacted Heard about the next installment of her gift in 2019. While divorcing Depp, Heard said that she would donate $7 million to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as part of her good deeds.

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Dougherty claims that Heard donated $1.3 million over four installments. Though Heard provided a significant portion of the funds, the ACLU suspects that Elon Musk (with who Heard began seeing following her breakup with Depp) may be responsible for another $500,000 that was obtained from another Vanguard account.

Dougherty is in charge of the ACLU’s financial, legal, and other departments. At one point during his testimony, the ACLU’s position in the 2018 Washington Post opinion post 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.

Dougherty talked about how the opinion piece was written. He said that lawyers from both the ACLU and Heard’s own legal team looked over it. In an email, he explained how Heard’s lawyers argued that naming Depp would breach a non-disclosure agreement in her divorce settlement and the ACLU’s lawyers said the piece wouldn’t have as much impact if Depp wasn’t identified.

 

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Even though Heard’s final work was filled with references to her own personal experiences, she avoided mentioning Depp by name. That’s what her legal team says, and they’re sticking by it.

To be clear, Depp’s 2019 lawsuit claims the opinion piece was about Heard’s “purported victimization” after she publicly accused her ex-husband Johnny Depp of domestic abuse back in 2016 when she appeared in court with an apparently battered face and obtained a temporary restraining order against Mr. Heard.

Heard’s crew and the ACLU went through several rounds of editing to get the piece just right. In his testimony, Dougherty stated, “Based on my review of prior drafts of the op-ed, I knew that she was referring to Johnny Depp and her marriage.”

 

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For Heard’s own publicity purposes, Dougherty advised the article should be released at or near the same time as her 2018 blockbuster flick Aquaman. By suing Heard for three counts of defamation, Johnny Depp is demanding at least $50 million and at least $350,000 in compensatory damages and a punitive award.

A countersuit filed by 36-year-old Heard against 58-year-old Johnny Depp seeks $100 million in damages and accuses Depp’s legal team of fraudulently accusing her of creating charges against him.

It is expected that Depp’s legal team will wrap up its presentation to the jury next week, and Heard’s lawyers will get started the following week. On Monday, the court will resume its regular schedule. Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily

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