Johnny Depp won a rare victory against Amber Heard, his bitter ex-wife in a long and bitter divorce case.
Friday’s partial grant by a New York judge to a petition filed by the Pirates of the Caribbean star was to find out if Heard had kept her promise to donate her $7 million divorce settlement, to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACU) and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
The ruling requires that the ACLU release documentation confirming Heard’s donation. This has been a matter of contention in the legal battle between the couple.
“Mr Depp is most satisfied by the Court’s decision,” Benjamin Chew, Depp’s lawyer, told USA Today.
The most significant aspect of the latest ruling is that the promise donation was cited in the UK by a judge while deciding on a case against Depp against publishers in The Sun following a headline calling him a “wife-beater” in 2018.
Heard testified in February that he was financially independent of him [Depp] throughout their relationship. The entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated by Heard to charity.
Andrew Nichol, Judge in London, stated that the “donation” of $7 million to charity was not what one would expect from a gold digger.
Depp, who described Heard as a gold-digger while claiming that her claims of him being violent towards her were a hoax was dismissed.
After being put under pressure by the producers of Fantastic Beasts 3, the actor announced his resignation.
Depp wrote to his fans to say that he respected the request and that he would accept it.
After meeting on the sets of the 2011 film The Rum Diary, Depp and Heard were married in 2015. Heard filed for divorce against Depp in 2016. Heard claimed that Heard had been physically and verbally abusive throughout their relationship. Depp requested $7 million as a settlement. Heard also pledged to donate the money to charity.
After his 2018 libel case defeat, Depp sued Heard to recover $50 million for an opinion she wrote in The Washington Post. It was entitled: “I spoke out against sexual violence –and faced our culture’s wrath.” This has to change.
Depp claimed that he suffered financial losses as a result of the accusations. Depp also claimed that he was dropped from his Captain Jack Sparrow role in the Pirates of the Caribbean films.
This case is still ongoing.
Depp lost his appeal in March to overturn the London court’s ruling in the case against The Sun.
Lord Justice Nicholas Underhill announced the decision at the Royal Courts of Justice, London. He stated that the appeal had “no real prospects of success” and that there was no compelling reason to have it heard, according to the Independent.
Last week, Peter Safran (producer of Aquaman & the Lost Kingdom) stated that he would not respond to fan pressure to remove Heard.