Amber Heard donates $7m Johnny Depp divorce proceedings to charity

Actress says she wants ‘to help those less able to defend themselves’

Amber Heard has donated the $7m (£5.3m) proceedings from her divorce from Johnny Depp to charity.

The money will be split equally between The Children’s Hospital Of Los Angeles, where Heard has volunteered for 10 years, and to America Civil Liberties Union, “with a particular focus to stop violence against women”.

Heard said in a statement: “As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves.”

Heard and Depp’s divorce was settled on Tuesday (August 16). Heard had accused Depp of physical assault on several occasions. She withdrew those claims, and retracted her request for a restraining order, which had been filed in April.

The couple met on the set of Withnail And I director Bruce Robinson’s film The Rum Diary in 2012 and married in February 2015.

ACLU and The Children’s Hospital Of Los Angeles thanked Heard for her donations. ACLU executive director Anthony Romero said: “For years, we have worked through the courts and legislatures around the country to make sure that domestic violence victims are fully protected by the law and receive the government assistance they deserve. We could not be more thankful for Ms. Heard’s support. She can be confident that this gift will help other women live safely and freely.”

Hospital president Paul Viviano said: “Amber Heard’s generosity will support the lifesaving treatments and cures that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles provides for critically ill children each year.”