Earlier this year, actor Johnny Depp unsuccessfully tried to appeal to his High Court libel ruling, which sided with The Sun calling him a ‘wife beater’ as Heard’s abuse claims were ‘true’. Now, after long controversy and debate, the star has secured a rare victory in his legal battles with Heard…
Heard, who – despite petitions to be removed from the film, is currently training for Aquaman 2 – vowed to donate the money from her $7 million divorce settlement to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
Yet, Depp’s lawyer Andrew Caldecott said the alleged donation was a ‘calculated and manipulative lie’ that ‘tipped the scales against Mr Depp from the very beginning’. His legal team then filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court for the ACLU to hand over documents as proof of the donation.
The judge said Depp ‘has satisfied the initial burden of stating the circumstances of reasons underlying the subpoena… the ACLU has failed to demonstrate that the information sought it utterly irrelevant to the action’.
‘Thus, for the reasons stated herein, the petition is granted and denied in part and respondents are ordered to comply with all subpoenas with the exception of… documents pertaining to Ms Heard’s role as a brand ambassador for the ACLU,’ they added.
Earlier this year, in a witness statement, Heard also shared, she ‘remained financially independent from [Depp] the whole time we were together and the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity’.