A week after reaching a divorce settlement with Johnny Depp-and subsequently announcing that she was donating the entirety of said divorce settlement to charity-Amber Heard is taking issue with the way in which the settlement is being handled.
Rather than give the payment to Heard to donate Heard’s team argues that, in paying the charities directly, Depp will benefit from a hefty tax deduction that will mean he is actually paying less than what was agreed upon.
“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,” Heard’s team told TMZ. “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.”
Last week, after both parties reached a divorce settlement, Heard announced how she would use the $7 million Depp agreed to pay her.
“As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,” Heard said.
As part of the divorce settlement, the Associated Press reported that Heard “Withdr[ew] allegations that Johnny Depp physically abused her.” Shortly after the news broke, the actors released the following joint statement.
“Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. T was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.”