Amber Heard & Johnny Depp's Split Is Not Yet Over
After announcing their split in May, Amber Heard and Johnny Depp reached a divorce settlement in August. However, it sounds like it may not be going too smoothly. According to a Wednesday report from E! News, Johnny Depp allegedly hasn't paid the divorce settlement. Based on documents reportedly obtained by E!, Heard filed a Request for Order with the Los Angeles Superior Court in an attempt to get Depp to pay and to finally finalize the divorce, things she claims he hasn't done. In addition, Heard's order reportedly requests payment for attorney fees and other costs adding up to $35,435. Bustle has reached out to both Depp and Heard's reps for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication.
According to E!, the documents also claim that "Depp has failed to comply with the court-allotted timeline of various mandates, including the division of personal property, shipping [Heard's] belongings from his private island in the Bahamas, transferring a Range Rover into Heard's name and Depp's outstanding debts incurred from cars, Neil Lane jewelry and stylist fees."
At the time of their settlement agreement in August, TMZ reported that Depp agreed to pay Heard $7 million. Heard's lawyer confirmed to Bustle that the case was settled, but had no comment on TMZ's claim. Bustle reached out to Depp's reps, but did not receive a response. It was also revealed that Heard would donate the financial proceeds from the divorce to charity, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.
Reportedly, Heard also included a written declaration in the legal documents obtained by E! on Wednesday. She reportedly claims that Depp violated their agreement by paying the initial $200,000 donation to the charities, rather than paying Heard directly.
"Instead, when Johnny learned that I planned to donate my entire marital settlement to charities, Johnny purported to satisfy his obligation to pay me by supposedly paying the charities I selected instead of me," she claims, according to E!. "He also claimed that I violated the confidentiality provisions of the [Deal Point Memorandum] by announcing that I was donating my settlement to charities. In fact, I made those donations in good faith and I was responding to the leaks by Johnny's agents bragging that I had settled for substantially less than a reported, earlier offered sum and attempting to label me a gold digger."
According to DailyMail.com, which also reportedly obtained the same legal documents as E!, Heard alleges in the documents that an "equalization payment" was due on Nov. 1, but "Johnny has not paid it either." She also reportedly states, "I understand Johnny's excuse for this default is that the form of Judgment has not yet been finalized and alleged breaches by me ... I am informed and believe that Johnny and his agents made false and defamatory statements about me both in violation of my legal rights and/or in breach of the DPM [Deal Point Memorandum, or the settlement terms]."
DailyMail.com also reports that Depp's alleged refusal to pay the rest of the settlement allegedly stemmed from Heard allegedly breaking the terms of their settlement by speaking publicly about domestic violence. She doesn't mention Depp's name in the letter nor the video. Bustle has reached out to Heard's rep about this claim.
Reportedly, their divorce settlement includes a confidentiality clause prohibiting Heard from discussing Depp. In the December issue of Porter magazine, Heard wrote a letter for domestic violence victims. At the end of November, she also filmed a #GirlGaze Project PSA about domestic violence.
At the time of their split, Heard filed a domestic abuse restraining order against Depp. After they reached a divorce settlement, Heard withdrew the domestic violence restraining order petition. Through his lawyer, Laura Wasser, Depp previously denied Heard's claims of abuse. Wasser told Entertainment Tonight in May, "Amber is attempting to secure a premature financial resolution by alleging abuse."
The former couple's statement to TMZ on their divorce case reads as follows:
Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. 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. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity.