Amber Heard has denied lying about donating $7 million to two charities with her divorce payout from Johnny Depp, despite damning video evidence shown in court at the high-stakes libel trial. of the former partner.
The Aquaman actress came under intense questioning from Depp’s lawyer on Monday afternoon, where he claimed she had been unable to complete the payments due to her ex-husband’s costs in suing her.
“I still intend to keep all my promises,” he testified.
“I would love for him to stop suing me so I could do it.”
When the couple’s $7 million divorce settlement was reached in August 2016, Ms. Heard agreed to split the full payment equally between the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Terence Dougherty, the ACLU’s chief operating officer and general counsel, testified earlier in trial that the charity had so far received less than half of the promised $3.5 million.
Mr. Dougherty said that Ms. Heard paid $350,000 directly, $100,000 was paid through Mr. Depp, $500,000 was paid through a donor-advised fund, and that $350,000 was also paid through a donor-advised fund. donor-advised, for a total donation of $1.3 million.
When Ms Heard said she had been unable to keep her commitment to make the donations because her ex-husband was suing her during Monday’s testimony, Mr Depp’s lawyer disputed that 13 months passed between receiving the full divorce settlement and the filing of the claim. .
The court was shown a clip of Ms Heard’s appearance on a Danish television programme. RTL late night in October 2018, where he said “$7 million in total was donated.”
“I split the amount between the ACLU and the CHLA. The ACLU is a leading nonprofit organization in the US, working on behalf of marginalized communities on the ground and on legislative reform,” he said on the show.
“I didn’t want anything.”
The final payment of $2.3 million was made on February 1, 2011, the court heard.
Ms. Heard stated that she uses the terms “pledged” and “donated” interchangeably.
Depp sues his ex-wife for defamation over a 2018 op-ed she wrote washington post where she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”
The pirates of the Caribbean The actor is not named in the article, which is titled “I have spoken out against sexual violence and faced the wrath of our culture. That has to change.”
However, Depp claims that it falsely implies that he is a domestic abuser, something he adamantly denies, and has left him struggling to land roles in Hollywood. He is suing for $50 million.
Ms Heard is countersuing for $100 million, accusing Mr Depp of orchestrating a “smear campaign” against her and describing his lawsuit as a continuation of “abuse and harassment”.
The trial began on April 11 in Fairfax, Virginia, with explosive testimony inside the courtroom.