The Johnny Depp and Amber Heard drama just keeps on going.
In the next stage in their legal battle, it’s been revealed that Johnny Depp is suing ACLU.
The actor is taking the action again the America Civil Liberties Union to see whether his ex-wife carried out her promise to donate her $7m divorce settlement to charity.
At the time, Heard claimed she didn’t want Depp’s money and insisted she would be splitting the divorce settlement between two good causes.
However, Depp’s lawyers believe the gesture was a lie.
They have been chasing the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union to find out how much Amber donated.
The DailyMail.com revealed in January that there are some documents that suggest hospital bosses only received $100,000.
That’s far less than the promised $3.5m ‘gift’.
Unlike the Children’s Hospital, ACLU apparently refused to cooperate with Depp’s legal team.
Because of this, his lawyers have now filed a motion to compel in New York Supreme Court.
It aims to force ACLU to comply with a string of subpoenas and end their ‘outrageous stonewalling’.
However, Depp’s lawyers believe Heard lied about giving away the money in media interviews.
More damningly, they claim she lied during evidence she gave to a London court.
Previously, Depp lost a defamation case last year against the Sun newspaper.
In a witness statement dated February 26, 2020, Heard claimed: ‘I remained financially independent from him [Depp] the whole time we were together and the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity.’
As such, the gesture was mentioned by Judge Andrew Nichol when explaining his decision: ‘Her donation of the $7 million to charity is hardly the act one would expect of a gold-digger.’
Depp’s lawyers argue the UK court was fed a ‘calculated and manipulated lie, designed to achieve a potent favorable impression.’
‘Ms. Heard made multiple attempts to thwart Mr. Depp’s discovery into her purported donation of her entire divorce settlement,’ the filing states, describing how she tried and failed to have their subpoenas quashed in the Californian courts.
Meanwhile, the ACLU has limited the information they have given over.
These include a September 9, 2016 letter, thanking Ms. Heard for her donation of $350,000 as ‘the first installment of your very generous pledge of $3.5 million’, the motion reveals.
Also included is “email correspondence between Ms. Heard and Mr. Romero from June 2017, reflecting that the ACLU had received a $350,000 donation from Ms. Heard, a $100,000 donation from Mr. Depp towards Ms. Heard’s pledge, and an ‘anonymous’ $500,000 which appears from the correspondence to be from ‘Elon’.”
“Elon’ is believed to refer to Tesla and Space-X founder, Elon Musk, with whom Ms. Heard is alleged to have had a romantic relationship during and following her marriage to Mr. Depp.”
Therefore, Depp’s lawyers claim Heard donated $450,000 to the ACLU, not the $3,500,000 she claimed.
‘The ACLU Witnesses’ reticence to provide more information ‘appears to be part of a collusive effort with Ms. Heard to prevent evidence showing that Ms. Heard perjured herself from becoming public,’ Depp’s legal team allege.
‘Applying New York law, the Court should reject the ACLU Witnesses’ outrageous stonewalling. Mr. Depp, accordingly, respectfully requests that this Court enter an order directing the ACLU Witnesses to fully comply with the Subpoenas.’
Back in August 2016 Heard said: ‘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.
Lastly: ‘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.’
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