Johnny Depp, 58, has scored a victory in his battle against his ex-wife Amber Heard after a judge sided with him.
Amber Heard, 35, promised to donate her $7million divorce settlement to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union after their shocking break-up in 2016.
However, Depp’s lawyers believe the actress did not stick to her promise and have filed a petition in New York Supreme Court for the ACLU to reveal documents proving Heard donated her divorce payout.
A judge has granted 23 of the 24 requests in Depp’s ‘motion to compel.’ This means ACLU must show the paperwork relating to Heard’s donations after they previously refused to cooperate.
The judge ruled the Pirates of the Caribbean star “has satisfied the initial burden of stating the circumstances of reasons underlying the subpoena… the ACLU has failed to demonstrate that the information sought it utterly irrelevant to the action…
“Thus, for the reasons stated herein, the petition is granted and denied in part and respondents are ordered to comply with all subpoenas with the exception of… documents pertaining to Ms Heard’s role as a brand ambassador for the ACLU.”
This comes after Daily Mail revealed that documents showed by Children’s Hospital Los Angeles showed they received only $100,000 of the promised $3.5 million donation.
The ACLU refused to cooperate but Depp filed a motion in New York Supreme Court, forcing them to comply and reveal documents that prove Heard donated the divorce settlement.
The actor’s lawyers want ACLU to show the documents to prove Heard was lying when she promised about the donation.
Depp lost a defamation case last year against the UK’s Sun newspaper when a judge agreed the news publication’s description of him as a ‘wife beater’ was ‘substantially true.’
Heard said in a witness statement dated February 26, 2020: “I remained financially independent from him [Depp] the whole time we were together and the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity.”
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