“I spoke out against sexual violence – and faced the hatred of our culture. It needs to change.” This was the headline of an article published in December 2018 that read, “Two years ago, I became a public figure for domestic violence, and I felt the full force of our culture’s hatred of women who speak.” Although the reference did not point a finger directly at Johnny Depp, it was quickly merged with the episode where Amber Heard filed for divorce and filed against the actress. Pirates of the Caribbean. That’s what Depp understood, who filed a lawsuit against the actor for defamation.
It has now been stated that the text was not, after all, written by Amber Heard, but he opposed inclusion in the face of his experience with Depp. At a hearing on Thursday, when Terence Dougherty, a lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU, in its original acronym), was heard, it was the organization that drafted the article, which was signed in Heard’s name, reflecting his role. As an ACLU Ambassador for Gender Violence.
According to Dougherty, the text was examined by both the ACLU law firm and the actor’s lawyers because it was not intended to violate the confidentiality agreement signed by Heard in the event of the divorce. The same witness confirmed that the date of publication was chosen at the same time as the publication Aquamanwhich arrived in North American theaters on December 21, 2018 (in Portugal, it premiered a week earlier) and became a milestone in the actor’s career.
This was the first time since the trial that the center of the case has been discussed in depth, as the testimonies have focused more on their marriage than on the published text that Depp accuses of defamation.
In addition to talking about the article that caused the former couple’s uproar, Terence Dougherty was also asked about the $ 3.5 million (€ 3.3 million) Amber Heard promised to donate to the ACLU after agreeing on the terms of the divorce. seven million (the actor promised to donate half to the ACLU and the other half to the Los Angeles Children’s Hospital). According to Dougherty, the facility has received $ 1.3 million: 350,000 to pay directly to Amber Heard; one hundred thousand through Depp; and through an 850,000 donor fund, including Elon Musk.
Dougherty explained that based on an email from Tesla’s CEO, it was believed that the $ 3.5 million donation would be cleared within ten years. But he pointed out that the actor never confirmed this plan.
What is certain is that after the transfer of 1.3 million in cash, donations were suspended. “We didn’t receive the sums in 2019 or the following years,” confirmed Dougherty, who added that the ACLU contacted the actor to try to find out when the second batch would be delivered after learning “he was in financial difficulties.”
Amber Heard is scheduled to testify next week, and the trial will continue to be broadcast live on Court TV.