Here's to silver linings. After an ugly divorce involving multiple claims Johnny Depp physically and emotionally abused Amber Heard during their marriage, two charities are benefitting from the pair's settlement.
According to TMZ, the ACLU and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles each received checks on Wednesday, Aug. 24, from Johnny on behalf of Amber, who announced she'd be donating to charity her entire $7 million award.
Each organization will receive $3.5 million respectively and Johnny appears to have cut out the middleman by sending them the money directly.
In a statement, Johnny's rep told TMZ: "Following Amber Heard's announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honor the full amount of Ms. Heard's pledge. Ms. Heard's generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected."
The former couple, who met on the set of "The Rum Diary" and married in 2015, split this past spring. Shortly after she filed for divorce in May, Amber alleged Johnny had become violent with her during a bout of substance abuse, bruising her face with a phone. She was granted a temporary restraining order against him and had multiple friends defend her claim on social media and in court papers.
Johnny's ex, Vanessa Paradis, as well as friends and family defended the actor, saying he had never and would never be violent. Videos showing him breaking things in the home he shared with Amber surfaced later in the summer, suggesting a different story.
Earlier this month, the pair released a joint statement in which they sounded more or less united.
"Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love," the statement read. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains. There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future."
The statement also declared Amber would turn over the "financial proceeds from the divorce" to charity.
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