Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp has been involved in a nasty legal battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard for the past few years, and this has put his future as Captain Jack Sparrow in a Pirates of the Caribbean 6 in doubt.
Depp claims that an article about him in UK tabloid The Sun constituted defamation, as they claimed he was a “wife beater” based on the testimony of his ex Amber Heard without sufficient proof. A lawsuit was filed against the paper as Depp claims his career suffered tremendously after the article was published.
And that’s true. Depp was ousted from the Fantastic Beasts franchise by Warner Bros., and it would appear that Captain Jack Sparrow is being retired in favor of a female-led reboot of Pirates of the Caribbean.
Depp lost his defamation case against The Sun last year, but his legal team is giving it another go and they may have more proof that Amber Heard may have lied in court.
According to The Daily Mail, Heard promised to give her $7 million divorce settlement from Depp to charity. But it appears that neither charity has been given the promised amount of money from Heard.
The judge who ruled against Depp last year said that “[Amber Heard’s] donation of the $7 million to charity is hardly the act one would expect of a gold-digger” as part of his reason for the decision.
Heard claimed that the $7 million settlement would be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where Heard says she volunteered.
A check for $100,000 arrived at the Children’s Hospital… but not from Heard. It came from Johnny Depp himself.
Days later, Edward L. White, a certified public accountant, wrote to Tiffanie Al-Nasser, a senior executive at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, enclosing a check for $100,000.
The check was signed John C. Depp II but White said in his letter that the donation was on behalf of Heard and was the first installment of a ‘pledged gift of $3,500,000’.
Depp said publicly at the time that, seeing as his wife had pledged her entire $7m divorce settlement to charity, he would go ahead and start paying the money directly to the organizations involved ‘in the name of Amber Heard.’
Heard claims she did donate $1 million in 2017, but did not send further promised payments after that. In fact, the Children’s Hospital wrote to ask her why she had stopped sending what would have been $3.5 million, according to The Daily Mail.
The Daily Mail report added that Associate Senior Vice President Candie Davidson-Goldbronn wrote to Heard in June 2019 to ask “if the pledge will not be fulfilled”. The letter in question reportedly said: “I am inquiring if you have knowledge if CHLA should expect further payment installment(s) on your behalf or if the pledge will not be fulfilled… I appreciate any insights on this matter.”
There is no word on whether or not Heard actually donated to the ACLU either, as they reportedly are not cooperating with subpoenas.
Since Heard said under oath she’d already donated the promised amount to the Children’s Hospital, and it seems that she hasn’t, Depp’s team claims she lied under oath. And if she lied about that, what else has she lied about?
Heard’s lawyer claims that she would have donated the full amount promised, but needed money to fight the legal battle and would pay the promised amount… eventually.
However, that’s not the same as saying you’d already donated the money, and that could massively undermine her case and boost Depp’s in an appeal.
Currently, Depp’s role as Captain Jack seems to be on ice at Disney due to the Heard accusations. Even if Depp should be able to somehow clear his name, it’s uncertain if Disney would bring him back into another Pirates film… or if that ship has sailed.
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