Amber Heard And Johnny Depp Reportedly Settled The Domestic Violence Case
After a drawn out battle, Johnny Depp and Amanda Heard settled their domestic violence case, TMZ reports. Heard reportedly dismissed the domestic violence restraining order request against Depp Tuesday, and the former couple’s divorce was also settled. Sources told TMZ Depp agreed to pay Heard about $7 million, including her attorneys fees, to drop the case, although they were previously talking about $8 million.
In May, Heard alleged Depp abused her throughout their 15-month marriage, hitting her with a cell phone and pulling her hair on one occasion and giving her a black eye on another. She was granted a temporary restraining order against her estranged husband. “During the entirety of our relationship, Johnny has been verbally and physically abusive to me,” she claimed in court documents obtained by People magazine.
The settlement was put together after Heard was questioned in a deposition over the weekend, likely grilled by Depp’s legal team about the specifics of the abuse she alleged. A day before the settlement was reached, there were reports that the couple couldn’t end the dispute because Heard was adamant that Depp sign a joint statement admitted to physically abusing her. Although the exact details of the settlement aren’t known, the joint statement released doesn’t mention any wrongdoing by Depp, which is consistent with previous reports that Depp’s legal team said the actor wouldn’t admit to crimes he didn’t commit.
The joint statement said: “Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love… Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains.” Basically, it seems like the two agreed no one would admit any guilt, though the statement doesn’t necessarily say Heard didn’t lie, just that she didn’t lie for financial gain.
It also said, “There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm,” effectively squashing Heard’s allegations of abuse. The word “intent” adds a layer of ambiguity, but it’s still not an admission of wrongdoing like Heard originally wanted. The statement ended by saying, “Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity. There will be no further public statements about this matter.”
The fact that she’s donating the money she’ll get from Depp to charity should put to rest any claims that she was just after money. She didn’t specify which charity she’ll donate to, but it won’t be the entire $7 million, as she has to pay her legal team with a chunk of that money as well.