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Amber Heard donates $7m Johnny Depp divorce settlement to charity

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Amber Heard, Hollywood actress and now ex-wife of Johnny Depp, has donated her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

Heard made a public statement in which she announced that she would be splitting the money between an organisation which supports victims of domestic violence and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. Featuring: Amber Heard, Johnny Depp Where: Palm Springs, California, United States When: 02 Jan 2016 Credit: Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.com **Not available for publication in Germany, Poland, Russia, Hungary, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Croatia, Slovakia**

Amber Heard and Johnny Depp attend the 27th Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala at Palm Springs Convention Center on January 2, 2016 in Palm Springs, California. Credit: Dave Bedrosian/Future Image/WENN.com

The separation of the couple was subject to much media scrutiny, with a great deal of negative press being focused on Heard, who accused Depp of domestic (physical and emotional) abuse. Her full statement can be read below:

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.

As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated. This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future.

The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years alongside organisations like the Art of Elysium. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child.

I know these organisations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.

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