The drama between Amber Heard and Johnny Depp isn't over yet.
After Heard was awarded $7 million
in the divorce settlement with Depp and pledged to donate the full amount
to charity, the 53-year-old actor sent a portion of the financial donations directly to two charities
chosen by Heard. However, Heard is now insisting that Depp double the amount to account for his tax deduction, and to pay the full amount immediately rather than in installments.
"Amber Heard appreciates Johnny Depp's novel interest in supporting two of her favorite charities, the ACLU for domestic violence and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. This is great and unexpected news," a member of Heard's team said in a statement on Thursday. "However, if Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber. We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years."
"Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny's counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client's true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported," the statement continues.
Prior to the exes' latest disagreement, Depp's rep praised Heard in an announcement that the actor had sent the first of multiple installments to Heard's chosen charities.
"Following Amber Heard's announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honor the full amount of Ms. Heard's pledge," his rep said in a statement. "Ms. Heard’s generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected."
"As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has," Heard later said in a statement revealing her plans to donate the entire $7 million
she was awarded. "Except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves."
"Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most," she added.