Johnny Depp takes action against the ACLU to prove that Amber Heard donated her divorce settlement

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Johnny Depp has sued officials at the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to force them to disclose how much money his ex-wife Amber Heard donated to them following their divorce.

The Pirates of the Caribbean star has maintained that despite his ex-wife's claims she split her $7 million divorce settlement between the non-profit and the Children's Hospital Los Angeles, she actually only gave them a couple of hundred thousand dollars.

He claims the remainder of the donation came from Heard's ex-boyfriend Elon Musk, who she dated after her divorce from Depp.

Amber Heard arrives at the Johnny Depp Libel Trial Enters Third Week
Amber Heard arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice, Strand on July 20, 2020 in London, England. The Hollywood Actor is suing News Group Newspapers (NGN) and the Sun's executive editor, Dan Wootton, over an article published in 2018 that referred to him as a “wife beater” during his marriage to actor Amber Heard. (Photo by Peter Summers/Getty Images)

While Depp had previously issued subpoenas to collect any communication Heard had with the charities in a bid to find out the exact amount of her donation, he's now suing the ACLU itself in a bid to uncover financial documents to back up his claim.


Depp is said to believe that the truth about where the money came from may help his U.S. defamation case against Heard in relation to an article she wrote in December 2018 for The Washington Post in which she referred to herself as “a public figure representing domestic abuse.”

Aquaman star Heard filed for divorce from Depp in 2016 and obtained a temporary restraining order against him, claiming that he had been verbally and physically abusive throughout their relationship. She dismissed the order when they reach their settlement later that year. The divorce was finalized in 2017.

Johnny Depp Libel Trial Resumes In London
Johnny Depp arrives on the fifth day of his libel trial against News Group Newspapers (NGN), at the High Court in London, on July 13, 2020. – Depp is suing the publishers of The Sun and the author of the article for the claims that called him a “wife-beater” in April 2018. (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

Last year, Depp lost his libel case against U.K. newspaper The Sun, after editors ran a column in 2018 in which he was called a “wife beater.” He also lost his bid to appeal the verdict.

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