Karu F. Daniels
New York Daily News
Johnny Depp is fighting to the finish.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star has sued the American Civil Liberties Union to force the nonprofit organization to provide proof that his ex-wife Amber Heard actually donated her divorce settlement.
Court documents show Depp and his lawyers “respectfully” requested the court enter an order directing ACLU witnesses to fully comply with the subpoenas.
The subpoenas are for “discovery concerning any donations to the ACLU Foundation by Ms. Heard or in her name, and/or any public statements related to such donations; communications with Ms. Heard or those acting on her behalf concerning her relationship with Mr. Depp and divorce from Mr. Depp; discovery concerning Ms. Heard’s work as an ‘ambassador’ for the ACLU Foundation and the conception, drafting, and placement of the Op-Ed; and communications with Ms. Heard or those acting on her behalf concerning the Virginia Action and the preparation and submission of the Wizner Declaration.”
Heard, now 35, reportedly received $7 million in the couple’s divorce out-of-court settlement in 2016. Shortly after, she pledged to donate the funds to the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
However, Depp claimed he heard that the donation to charity never happened.
The 57-year-old actor now plans to use the documents to aid in his ongoing $50 million defamation case against Heard for her 2018 Op-Ed about domestic violence in The Washington Post.
The “Justice League” actress’ team has remained adamant that she did “nothing dishonest” explaining that she “pledged to pay over 10 years,” People reported.
They also reportedly provided proof of her previous donations totaling $950,000 to the ACLU and $850,000 to the Children’s Hospital through anonymous donors.
The couple tied the knot in a 2015 private ceremony after meeting on the set of their 2009 movie “The Rum Diary.” In May 2016, she sought a domestic violence restraining order against him, accusing him of abuse, which Depp denied.
The former couple settled their divorce out of court in August 2016.
Last November, Depp was forced to exit the “Fantastic Beasts” movie franchise after a court ruled that British tabloid The Sun was not liable for labeling him a “wife beater” in a 2018 article about his rocky marriage to Heard.
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