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Johnny Depp wins motion to force ACLU to reveal whether Amber Heard paid millions to charity as she promised

After her divorce to Johnny Depp in 2016, actress Amber Heard said she didn’t want the money from their divorce settlement and pledged to donate her $7 million to charity. Since then, people have wondered whether she ever followed through on her public announcement.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), one of the charities she promised a cut to, will have to show whether it received any of the $3.5 million Heard previously promised. The ACLU had refused to say whether it received the money from Heard, so Depp went to court in an attempt to force them to reveal the truth and he recently won.

In a Daily Mail exclusive, Depp’s attorneys had filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court to force the ACLU to prove whether Heard followed through on her pledge. “Now a judge has granted 23 of the 24 requests in the actor’s ‘motion to compel’, meaning the organization must produce the paperwork relating to Heard’s charitable contributions,” the outlet reported.

“The only thing Judge Arthur Engoron refused was a request for documents relating to the actress’s role as a ‘brand ambassador’ for the ACLU.” Engoron ruled that Depp “has satisfied the initial burden of stating the circumstances of reasons underlying the subpoena … the ACLU has failed to demonstrate that the information sought it [sic] utterly irrelevant to the action …”

“Thus, for the reasons stated herein, the petition is granted and denied in part and respondents are ordered to comply with all subpoenas with the exception of … documents pertaining to Ms Heard’s role as a brand ambassador for the ACLU,” Engoron added.

Since Heard’s 2016 promise to the ACLU, was the promise of a cut to the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, in which the Daily Mail also reported they only received $100,000 of the $3.5 million originally promised. Depp and his attorneys have wondered if she would ever follow through.

Heard had claimed she had no financial incentive to falsely accuse Depp of domestic abuse because she gave the money away, which led to Depp’s initial petition. If there was proof of keeping the money, she would have a financial motive to lie about the abuse. 

After losing a libel case against Heard, the British tabloid, The Sun, painted Depp as a ‘domestic abuser’ after Heard claimed he beat her during their marriage. As The Daily Wire previously reported, audio recordings presented in the case showed Heard admitted to hitting Depp.

“I’m sorry that I didn’t, uh, uh, hit you across the face in a proper slap, but I was hitting you, it was not punching you. Babe, you’re not punched,” Heard tells Depp in the recording. “I don’t know what the motion of my actual hand was, but you’re fine. I did not hurt you. I did not punch you. I was hitting you.”

At the time the libel suit was thrown out, Depp’s attorneys ruled it as “perverse” and “bewildering,” pointing out the ‘mountain of evidence’ the judge appeared to have ignored in arriving at his decision. The ‘mountain of counter evidence’ against Ms. Heard was ignored by the judge, and the judge had believed her stories of Depp’s apparent abuse. Among that ‘mountain’ of evidence, The Daily Wire previously reported, was surveillance videos, eyewitness statements, audio, photos, and more showing that Depp was the real victim.

“One of the testimonies comes from Trinity Esparza, who was the concierge at the penthouse where Heard claims Depp hit her in the face. Esparza now questions how Heard received the mark on her face she claimed was from Depp, after reviewing surveillance footage from three days later, when Heard’s sister Whitney pretended to punch her in the face, according to court documents,” The Daily Wire reported.

There were countless times in which eye-witnesses noted the odd behavior of Ms. Heard like getting her sister to hit her, and staging other attacks, for reasons unknown yet to the public. In one instance, one of Depp’s undercovers was nearby when Ms. Heard shouted “stop hitting me Johnny!”, when Depp was completely innocent – giving him a motive and a right to make an appeal over the case. 

In the midst of Heard’s allegations, Depp has been dropped from major roles, whereas Heard, who admitted to attacking Depp, has been cast in the upcoming “Aquaman 2” movie and is available for paid speaking gigs.

ARTICLE: CASSIE KENNEDY

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

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