Amber Heard didn't donate Johnny Depp settlement to charity_freckle removal uk

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Johnny Depp's legal team called ACLU's Terence Dougherty to testify about how Amber Heard didn't donate $3.7 million as promised
Johnny Depp's legal team called ACLU's Terence Dougherty to testify about how Amber Heard didn't donate $3.7 million as promised. (Photo: Reuters)

Elon Musk won't be testifying at Amber Heard and Johnny Depp's defamation trial, but he's getting a lot of air time this week. On Thursday, it was revealed that Musk most likely paid for part of Heard's donation, or lack thereof, to the America Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

After Heard and Depp settled their divorce in 2016, she publicly vowed to split her $7 million sum between two charities: ACLU and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA). The Aquamanstar has stated on multiple occasions, including in U.K.'s high court in 2020, that she donated the settlement as promised. However, neither organization received the money in full.

Terence Dougherty, general counsel of the ACLU, testified in a video deposition that Heard has not donated her pledged $3.5 million to the organization. Only $1.3 million has been donated to date in Heard's name, which includes a donation from Depp himself.

Dougherty said Heard paid $350,000 directly. Indirectly, the ACLU received a $100,000 check from Depp, $500,000 from a donor-advised fund at Vanguard and $350,000 from a donor-advised fund at Fidelity. Dougherty said "we believe" the $500,000 donation was from Musk, while the Fidelity fund was involved with Heard.

"She has not donated $3.5 million as of today to the ACLU, true?" Depp's lawyers asked.

"True," Dougherty replied.

Heard's payments to the ACLU were supposed to be in installments over a 10-year period, as Musk explained to the group in a 2016 email. When asked why Musk was "representing this on behalf of Ms. Heard," Dougherty said he thought it was because the Tesla CEO had a prior relationship with the organization. (Musk was also dating Heard at the time.) The last payment the ACLU received was in 2018 from the Fidelity fund. Then, the payments stopped coming. In 2019, the group reached out to Heard for her donation.

"We learned that she was having financial difficulties," Dougherty said.


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