Heard admits she hasn’t given $3.5m to children’s hospital that she ‘pledged’ on TV
The judge has decided we can view an appearance Amber Heard made on Dutch talk show RTL Late Night in October 2018. In it, we see Heard discussing her apparent donation of her full $7m divorce settlement to two charities – the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). In the clip, Heard tells the host she donated it all as “I wanted nothing”.
Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez says that the $7m divorce settlement had been paid to Heard in full by February 2018, and Heard agrees that’s correct. The lawyer also clarifies that Heard hadn’t yet been sued by Depp at this point. Heard agrees.
Ms Vasquez asks why she says on the TV show she had “donated” the full settlement when she in fact had not.
Heard tells the court she has “pledged” the money, but Ms Vasquez picks her up and says she had not “donated it”. Heard says “I use ‘pledge’ and ‘donate’ synonymous with one another”. Ms Vasquez says she does not use the word in this way.
Ms Vasquez goes on: “As of today you have not paid $3.5m of your own money to the ACLU. As of today you have not paid $3.5m of your own money to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.”
Heard says: “I have not been able to fulfil those obligations yet.”
Ms Vasquez then goes on to say that although Heard has said she “wanted nothing” she in fact “did want something”, explaining, “you wanted his money”. Heard says “didn’t get it, wasn’t interested in it, I loved Johnny, that was why I was with him.”
Ms Vasquez goes on to say Heard made the charity pledges because “you wanted praise for donating the money right? You wanted good press.”
Heard says: “In general people do want good press, yes.”
The lawyer then says “you wanted to seem altruistic publicly”. Heard replies: “My interest is in clearing my name… at the time I was being called a liar and my motives were being questioned and I did see it as important to clear that up… I wanted to make a statement to make sure there wasn’t any doubt and that I wouldn’t be labelled these things because Johnny was a big star and had more publicity reach”.
The lawyer says Heard made the pledges in order to “make her claims seem more believable… and be seen as “a noble victim of domestic violence”.
Heard is visibly riled by this, and snaps: “I have never, never said I was a victim, nor have I ever described myself as one.”
Heard says the reason she hasn’t yet donated the full amount was because Depp sued her. She told the court: “I fully intend to honour all of my pledges. I would love for him to stop suing me so I can”.
Ms Vasquez says Heard’s statement under oath that she has “pledged the entirety of the settlement to charity” isn’t true.
A back and forth argument now occurs between Heard and Ms Vasquez again over the use of the words ‘pledge’ and ‘donate’, after which Ms Vasquez calls Heard’s response “really inappropriate”. Heard says she disagrees with the lawyer’s “characterisation” of the situation.