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ACLU reveals Amber Heard donated ONLY $1.3M of $3.5M pledge and Elon Musk paid nearly HALF of it

ACLU's general attorney Terence Dougherty said when they reached out to Heard in 2019 for the next installment they "learned that she was having financial difficulties"
UPDATED APR 29, 2022
Elon Mask helped pay Amber Heard's promised donation to ACLU (Photo by Theo Wargo/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Elon Mask helped pay Amber Heard's promised donation to ACLU (Photo by Theo Wargo/Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Following Johnny Depp and Amber Heard's divorce in 2016, Heard declared that she would give the majority of her $7 million settlement to charity. She stated that the funds will be shared between the American Civil Liberties Union and Children's Hospital Los Angeles. The ACLU, however, said it never received the entire $3.5 million promised and that over half of the donations received in Heard's name came from Elon Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla whom Heard began seeing following her separation with Depp.

Terence Dougherty, the ACLU's general attorney and chief operating officer, testified about Heard's donations to the group in a prepared deposition aired in Depp's defamation trial against Heard on Thursday, April 28. Dougherty stated that the ACLU received four donations totaling $1.3 million in Heard's name. Only one of those payments came directly from Heard, a $350,000 payment in August 2016.


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Other payments included a $100,000 cheque from Depp, $500,000 from a Vanguard donor-advised fund, and $350,000 from a Fidelity donor-advised fund. The ACLU, according to Dougherty, assumed the $500,000 Vanguard payment came from a Musk-created fund. When the ACLU expected the second installment in 2019, it never arrived, he claimed. Dougherty explained, "We reached out to Heard starting in 2019 for the next installment of her giving, and we learned that she was having financial difficulties.” 


Many on Twitter reacted to ACLU claims, one person wrote, "Which explains why Musk is hiding from the jury." "AND WHY IS ELON PAYING FOR HER?!" someone wondered. Another user remarked, "I’m more interested in the facts about Elon musks relationship towards amber, and why he’s paying her lawsuit, and her friends, because Amber has dirt on Elon, and a source tells how A throws sex parties for Elon. Did you do his chart? I think he is very dark and twisted as well" 




One person remarked, "Why is Elon Musk discussing Amber Heard donations with the ACLU, is she 5 years old or an independent woman? Is Elon her lawyer, agent, or just a horny billionaire paying her bills and taking care of her obligations?" Many slammed Heard for not donating the pledged money to ACLU saying, "There's more to come. I'm sure that psycho has more surprises for all." "She is a monster. Of course she wouldn't give the money to charity," yet another person added.




Within months of Depp and Heard's divorce in May 2016, reports began to circulate that she was dating Musk. Heard admitted to her former agent in text exchanges displayed in court on Wednesday that she never truly loved Musk. In August 2017, it was reported that they had split up. Heard announced her appointment as an ACLU advocate for women's rights in December 2018, the same day her op-ed in The Washington Post was published.


According to NY Post, Dougherty stated that ACLU lawyers, including David Cole, the national legal director who has argued before the Supreme Court on several occasions, assisted in the drafting of the op-ed. In a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, Depp accused Heard of destroying his image and career by claiming that she had been the victim of domestic abuse. Heard has refuted Depp's defamation claims and claims he physically abused her several times before and throughout their marriage.