Heard stepped out in a cream-colored, lace, cut-out dress and Kimberly McDonald earrings, and posed on the red carpet with Lena Dunham, Gabourey Sidibe and Freida Pinto. She then joined the actresses to honor Emily Doe, the sexual assault victim of former Stanford University swimmer, Brock Turner. Heard, along with Sidibe and Pinto, read the unnamed woman's essay that was published in Glamour's December issue. Dunham introduced the women shortly after she broke down in tears while addressing the crowd.
Heard, Pinto and Sidibe concluded their reading, by declaring in unison, "Victims are survivors, and survivors are going to be doing a hell of a lot more than surviving."
After the reading, the audience gave the women a standing ovation. In addition to Doe, Glamour's Women of the Year Awards also honored Gwen Stefani, Ashley Graham, Zendaya and the founders of the #BlackLivesMatter movement.
Heard's rare public appearance on Monday night comes after she was awarded $7 million in a divorce settlement from Depp, 53, in August. In a statement to ET, the 30-year-old star confirmed that she had donated the money to charity. "As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has," she said. "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 organizations like the Art of Elysium."
Depp and Heard settled their divorce, but did not finalize, after she withdrew her request for a domestic violence restraining order. "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," the two said in a joint statement. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm."