Amber Heard has explained why she has yet to donate her entire $7m (£5.6m) divorce settlement to charity despite her earlier pledge to do so.
Johnny Depp, 58, is suing Heard in a $50m (£40.1m) defamation lawsuit over allegations of abuse she reported for The Washington Post in 2018.
Depp’s legal team claims the article implies that Heard was physically and sexually abused by Depp when they were married, although the article does not mention him by name.
During the trial on Monday, May 16, the details of her divorce from Johnny in 2017 were examined, including their financial settlement – which the Aquaman star, 36, previously pledged to donate to two organizations.
Heard had pledged to donate half of the proceeds to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the other half to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – a nonprofit advocacy organization and freedoms of individuals.
However, the charity said it had yet to receive the full donation despite claiming it had during a 2018 appearance on the Dutch talk show. RTL late at night.
Explaining why she hasn’t finished the contributions yet, Heard told the court: “Because Johnny sued me for $50 million in March 2019.
“I fully intend to honor all my promises. I would like him to stop pursuing me so that I can do it.
Depp’s lawyer then asked if his announcement was due to wanting ‘praise’ and ‘good press’, to which Heard replied: ‘It wasn’t my interest.
“My interest is in my name – to clear my name. At the time, I was called a “liar” and my motives were questioned. I saw that it was important to clarify this.
“I wanted to make a statement to make sure there was no doubt. That I couldn’t be labeled these things just because Johnny was the biggest star and had more publicity.
Earlier in the trial, ACLU chief operating officer and general counsel Terence Dougherty testified in court and confirmed that a total of $1.3m (£1m) had given by or on behalf of the actress so far.
The latest lawsuit comes after Depp lost a bid to overturn a damning High Court ruling which overturned the actor’s claim that The Sun newspaper committed defamation when it treated him of “wife beater” for the alleged abuse against Heard.