Amber Heard and Johnny Depp settled their divorce out of court on Tuesday, after months of domestic violence allegations and public scrutiny. Heard, who withdrew her request for a restraining order against Depp, will receive $7 million.
The couple released a joint statement which reads, in part, "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love." It adds, "There was never an intent of physical or emotional harm."
Some on social media had dismissed Heard's claims of abuse, believing it was a ploy for money. But Heard is now challenging those accusations by donating all of her settlement to charity. She announced this in Tuesday's joint statement, which maintained, "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gains."
Heard elaborated on these plans in a new statement released Thursday, in which she explains that "money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves."
The $7 million settlement will be divided equally between two charities — the American Civil Liberties Union, "with a particular focus to stop violence against women," and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles, where Heard has volunteered for 10 years.
She closes her statement by praising these causes and expressing her hope that, through these donations, something good will come of her experience:
Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child. I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.