4:56pm PT by Ashley Cullins
Amber Heard-Johnny Depp Drama Continues With Disagreement Over Donation to Charity
It appears Johnny Depp and Amber Heard just can't go quietly into the night following their ugly, public divorce.
The soon-to-be-exes reached a divorce settlement earlier this month, but another dust-up has them back in the headlines.
It centers on Heard's pledge to donate her $7 million settlement to two charities, the ACLU and Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
Well, Depp reportedly decided to circumvent Heard entirely and donate the money to the organizations directly — which she interpreted as an attempt to cash in on tax incentives.
A member of Heard's team issued a statement on Thursday calling the news "great and unexpected" — but that doesn't mean she's letting him get away with the sneaky financial maneuver, if that's really what it was.
"[I]f Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which, after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber," says the statement. "Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny's counsel, Laura Wasser and [Patty] Glaser, to reduce their client's true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported."
As their divorce settlement came on the eve of a domestic violence restraining order hearing, it's clear both Heard and Depp are motivated to keep their fight out of public court. So it wouldn't be a surprise if Depp announces a larger, lump sum payment to the charities — though it may not be double.