Johnny Depp has issued subpoenas to collect any documents and communication Amber Heard may have had with the ACLU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles regarding donations that were made following the couple’s divorce. As the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s legal team collects information, it seems he has serious questions about how much money Heard actually gave and where the source of the funds originated.
According to new legal documents obtained by The Blast, Johnny Depp filed the subpoenas in Virginia asking for the court to force each organization to give up all information concerning Amber Heard.
Depp’s team is asking for “communications” including, “any written or verbal exchanges between any person or persons or entities, including but not limited to verbal conversations, telephone calls, letters, e-mails, memoranda, reports, telegraphs, faxes, exhibits, drawings, text messages, and any other documents which confirm or related to the written or verbal exchange.”
Specifically, the subpoenas are asking for “All documents that refer, reflect or relate to any donations made to YOU or for YOUR benefit by Ms. Heard, from January 1, 2016, through and including the present.”
Back in 2016, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard agreed, as part of their divorce settlement, that the actress would get $7 million from the actor as an equalization payment. As a caveat to the payment, it was agreed upon that the money would be donated to charity.
The settlement followed weeks of negotiation between the two after Heard filed a restraining order and divorce filing while accusing Johnny Depp of hurling a phone at her face and assaulting her in their home.
At the time, Amber issued a statement about the settlement saying:
“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.”
Shortly after announcing the settlement money would be going to charity, including the ACLU and Children’s Hospital, Depp announced that he would be sending the money directly to the charities on her behalf.
Heard scoffed at her ex-husband’s decision and stated she “appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest in supporting two of her favorite charities” and the actor’s donation is “great and unexpected news,” but ultimately rejected the offer because it changed the terms of their agreement.
“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,” she said in a statement.
In the end, Heard was recognized for her donations and the “Justice League” star’s name was included in a 2017 donors list for Children’s Hospital in a category recognizing donations between $1-5 million.
Depp’s lawyers now appear to be challenging the donation by Heard and want to know exactly who was behind the generous contribution.
Johnny Depp’s attorney, Adam Waldman, tells The Blast:
“Amber Heard claimed she donated millions of Johnny Depp’s money to the ACLU, where Ms. Heard’s friend Elon Musk is coincidentally one of the “top donors.” Then ACLU not only posted Ms. Heard’s defamatory op-ed furthering her abuse hoax against Mr. Depp on their website but ACLU “worked” with Heard on that op-ed. Then ACLU tried, unsuccessfully and bizarrely, to enter Mr. Depp’s defamation case against Ms. Heard. There is a trail of unanswered questions about the relationship between Amber Heard and the ACLU. With this subpoena, we hope to get to the bottom of those questions.”
As we previously reported, the American Civil Liberties Union asked to file an amicus brief in the Depp vs. Heard lawsuit asking to be an advisor on the case.
According to documents obtained by The Blast, the ACLU sent a request last Friday to enter the case amici curiae. The legal move allows a person or an organization to be involved who is not a party to a case and may or may not have been solicited by a party. Their involvement would be to assist the court by offering information, expertise, or insight that has a bearing on the issues in the case.
We reached out to Amber Heard’s team about the subpoenas, so far no comment.