In a long-awaited conclusion to their highly publicized legal feud, Amber Heard has reportedly paid her former husband, Johnny Depp, the $1 million settlement she owed him. Heard alleged that she was a victim of domestic abuse during their 15-month marriage, which resulted in a bitter legal battle.
She was then sued by the actor for defamation after debuting a newspaper article. According to reports, Depp has purposed to share the money into five parts and donate it to his favorite charities.
Keep on reading to learn more.
Amber Heard Pays Johnny Depp $1 Million Settlement
In a long-awaited resolution to one of Hollywood’s most publicized legal battles, actress Amber Heard has finally paid her ex-husband Johnny Depp the $1 million settlement she owed him, per TMZ.
The bitter feud between Heard and Depp began in 2016 when the actress filed for divorce and obtained a temporary restraining order against Depp, alleging that he had been physically abusive towards her. Depp vehemently denied the allegations and claimed that Heard was the aggressor in their relationship. Their public dispute quickly turned into a media circus, with each party accusing the other of misconduct.
In 2016, the former couple reached a settlement agreement, which included a $7 million divorce settlement to be paid by Depp to Heard. However, in 2019, Depp sued Heard over her 2018 Washington Post op-ed titled “I spoke up against sexual violence — and faced our culture’s wrath,” which led him to file a $50 million defamation lawsuit against her.
After several appeals and counter-appeals, the legal saga finally came to an end when Heard paid the outstanding $1 million settlement owed to Depp. According to the Daily Mail, both actor’s legal teams were forced to reach an agreement after Heard was ordered to pay $ 10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million (later reduced to $365,000, the maximum allowed under Virginia state law) in punitive damages, and Depp was told to pay $2 million in defamation damages.
Johnny Depp To Donate The Money To Charity
Following the payment of the $1 million settlement, Depp, known for his iconic role in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, has pledged to distribute the funds among his five favorite non-profit organizations, per TMZ.
The allocation of the settlement funds to non-profit organizations further emphasizes his dedication to restoring his name and reputation rather than his ex-wife’s bank.
According to the news outlet, Depp will split the cash into five equal parts of $200,000 each for five different charities. They include Make-A-Film Foundation, The Painted Turtle, Red Feather, Tetiaroa Society, and the Amazonia Fund Alliance.
The organizations align with causes such as children’s rights and treatment, cultural conservation, and providing housing for deprived communities, which the actor has shown a strong affinity for in the past.
Amber Heard Moves Out Of Hollywood
According to the Daily Mail, Heard was recently spotted in Madrid, Spain, accompanied by her daughter. The sighting came after the intense trial, and it appears that Heard has made a significant change by relocating away from the bustling streets of Hollywood.
The photographs captured an intimate moment of Heard and her daughter, offering a glimpse into their new chapter in the vibrant city of Madrid. The decision to move away from the epicenter of the entertainment industry signifies a desire for a fresh start and a more private life for the actress and her family.
“I can reveal that Heard has quit Hollywood and quietly relocated to Spain with her young daughter Oonagh,” a source said. “She’s bilingual in Spanish and is happy there, raising her daughter away from all the noise.”
The insider added, “I don’t think she is in any hurry to return to work or Hollywood, but she will probably come back when the time is right for the right project.”
Amber Heard To Return To The Big Screen
“The Rum Diary” actress is set to make her return to the big screen for the first time since her highly publicized legal battle with her ex-husband, specifically the defamation trial. According to Deadline, Heard will be unveiling her latest movie, “In The Fire,” at the 69th Taormina Film Festival in Italy.
The actress will star as a widowed American psychiatrist who “arrives on a rich farm in Colombia after being called to solve the case of a disturbed child.”
Upon arrival, she discovers that the boy’s mother is dead, and his father has begun to believe in the devil’s possible possession of the child. It becomes a race against time to save the boy and her own life.
The film will premiere on June 24 at the Teatro Antico di Taormina, while the festival runs from June 23-July 1, 2023, in Sicily.