Surprise, Johnny Depp hasn’t paid out on Amber Heard’s divorce settlement


In August, Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s lawyers came to an agreement about their divorce. Statements were issued, and Depp agreed to pay Amber $7 million, and in exchange he got all of his properties, artwork, etc, and he also got Amber to sign some kind of non-disclosure agreement. That agreement might have been violated when Amber sat down for the PSA about domestic violence, although if you go back and watch it, Amber was careful to never say Depp’s name, nor did she say specifically that her ex-husband abused her. But the real story was always the money situation. As soon as the settlement was drawn up and the statements were issued, Amber announced that she would be giving the $7 million to charity. In one of the biggest douche moves in the history of douche moves, Depp also made an announcement: that he would donate the $7 million directly to charity, bypassing Amber. Well, as you can imagine, that whole situation has been simmering for months. Here’s the latest:

Amber Heard vowed to stuff the coffers of Children’s Hospital and the ACLU’s domestic violence unit, but more than 3 months after she struck a $7 million settlement … she hasn’t given them a dime … TMZ has learned. Heard and Johnny Depp struck a deal in mid-August, in which he agreed to pay her $7 million. Just after the settlement she said she would give all the money to the 2 orgs. Depp then said he would give the money directly to the 2 charities and actually sent the first installment of the settlement — $200k — in equal shares to Children’s Hospital and the ACLU. Amber was furious.

We’ve now learned not a penny more has gone to either organization. As for why … we’re told Heard and Depp have not signed the final settlement documents so everything has now stalled. Our sources say the main hang-up is that Depp wants to pay the money directly to the charities but she wants the money sent to her. Heard does not want Depp to get a tax deduction.

Heard’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, tells TMZ he expects the settlement to be signed this week. There appears to be another complication. Heard did a domestic violence PSA in which she all but said Johnny Depp abused her. Under the settlement she’s prohibited from mentioning allegations about Depp. It’s unclear if Depp will now honor the settlement. A source connected to Heard tells us, “She didn’t disparage Johnny directly.”

Heard’s lawyer, Pierce O’Donnell, tells TMZ, “The settlement documents are being finalized and will be signed this week. Johnny is obligated by the settlement to pay Amber, and she in turn will honor her pledges to Children’s Hospital and the ACLU.”

O’Donnell also says Amber’s PSA — which pretty clearly refers to her relationship with Johnny — doesn’t violate their confidentiality agreement.

[From TMZ]

I really hate that TMZ is putting it in terms of “she hasn’t given them a dime,” like Amber is the douche. SHE IS NOT THE DOUCHE. They agreed on a settlement and Depp reneged because he wanted to screw her over one last time. I really feel like Depp was on his own there too – I can’t imagine his lawyers were telling him that was a good idea. The settlement was pretty clear: he pays her $7 million, and Amber can do whatever the hell she wants with that money, and there’s no need for Depp to passive-aggressively donate it on her behalf. Anyway, here’s hoping everything gets resolved this week and this sh-t doesn’t drag on for another six months.


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  1. Nacelle says:

    Can someone explain the tax thing?

    • Jessie says:

      Charitable donations are tax deductible in the US. The $7 million was to be donated to charity by Amber, and in theory, once she does that, she gets to deduct it in her returns for this year. But Depp being the passive aggressive asshat that he is wants to make the deduction on her behalf even though she never asked him to, thus making him eligible for said tax deduction.

    • Digital Unicorn (aKa Betti) says:

      Am no expert on tax nor do I know about US tax systems but if he donates directly to charity he can then reclaim some of it back via tax as In the UK the least you don’t pay tax on charitable donations as they as organisations r tax exempt.

      • spidey says:

        It is getting more usual if for instance you pay to go into a National Trust property they ask if you are a tax payer and get you to sign a declaration so the NT can get the benefit of the tax rebate not you the customer.

    • juice says:

      if the us is like canada, charitable donations over a certain amount are tax deductible, so you can write off that amount from however much you made that year and pay less taxes in the end.

  2. Kay says:

    Ugh I am so irritated that he is in the Fantastic Beasts series. I had much higher expectations of JK. I feel for Amber, this situation with the settlement is infuriating to read about, I can’t imagine having to live it.

    • Lisa says:

      Cast before the shit storm happened apparently. What can she say now? Don’t go see my movie?

      • CornyBlue says:

        She could have just said no comment instead of heaping praise on Depp.

      • Dlo says:

        I will not see any of the movies if depp is attached. I am aware jk and the movie industry gives zero clucks about my support, but I know I didn’t support it so I can look in the mirror.

    • Nina says:

      I was enjoying fantastic beasts so much until his coke bloated face turned up. Good god, let’s keep Colin Farrell in the character instead of him, he’s much more formidable a presence than depp onscreen anyways.

      • Bee says:

        Agree, his appearance towards the end was stupid and he looked like crap. They dropped the ball casting this one. Colin Farrell on the other hand was dishy and I don’t even really like the dude.

    • MC2 says:

      I don’t understand why the industry has not caught on that he is a douche & his face makes us have negative reactions. I don’t want to see anything with him in it- all I can think of is what a dick he is.

      • Kristen says:

        I have to let you know I watched a movie last night The Way Back. Collin was FANTASTIC. Played a great part. I’ve seen most of his movies and this performance was incredible. Watch it if you haven’t yet. Loved it.

      • Kristen says:

        I have to let you know I watched a movie last night The Way Back. Collin was FANRASTIC. Played a great part. I’ve seen most of his movies and this performance was incredible. Watch it if you haven’t yet. Loved it.

    • cd3 says:

      I’m so angry about this. I had much higher expectations for that series. Now, I’m not going to see any of the movies. Told myself I will never watch anything with douchebag Johnny Depp in it again. I’m also very, very disappointed in JK Rowling’s comments about his casting. She is a POWERFUL woman – she could have pulled rank on this one, but chose not to.

    • Ariadne says:

      I’m a huge potter fan, but skipping this due to the Depp inclusion. He has no business being in family friendly movies anymore.

  3. Alix says:

    Does she have any money of her own? Any career prospects?

    • Jessie says:

      What does that even matter in this conversation?

      • Alix says:

        Given that she plans to give away $7 million, I’m curious as to what she’s left with. That’s how it matters.

      • Pi says:

        She’s working on Aquaman, not sure what else.

        @Jessie- get outta the wrong side of the bed this morning? It’s way too early for that much snark in the comments.

      • really? says:

        Why is it that people can’t ask a simple question without being attacked? And when call out on it, people defend their rudeness by citing the name of this site. but it is OK because you assumed she was going to call Amber a gold digger and you are sensitive about this. Try being sensitive to the people who read this site and want to ask a question without being bashed for it.

    • Ronaldinhio says:

      your point being?

      • Bubbles says:

        This article is about a large sum of money being donated by Amber. This article is about Amber’s money. That is why she is asking about Amber’s money. I shouldn’t have to explain this. Go drink some coffee and perk up.

    • Jessie says:

      If that is your point: I think before the divorce she didn’t have much. She’s lined up to do Justice League, which should be a good little money earner in theory, but apparently she’s involved in some weird lawsuit about a movie called London Fields where she refused to get her kit off, so if she loses that it may make another dent in her earnings.

    • Pi says:

      She’s working on Aquaman currently. Not sure what else.

      @Jessie- get outta the wrong side of the bed this morning? It’s way too early for that much snark in the comments.

      • Jessie says:

        It may be early where you are but it’s afternoon here. And usually when someone asks about Amber’s career prospects, it’s usually followed with a qualifier like “Oh she’s a gold digger looking for money who can’t get any acting jobs”, so my default mode for it is to be snarky and go up on the defensive. Also, the site is called CELEBITCHY, for goodness sake!

      • Kitten says:

        Yeah not that snarky at all. Seemed like a pretty simple question to me, actually.
        And given the incessant gold-digger accusations that are leveled at Amber, is it surprising that people sometimes get a wee bit defensive?

      • Jessie says:

        Thanks Kitten!

  4. Lora says:

    He is the biggest a**hole!!!! My hate for him s gets bigger everytime i hear something about him

    • Obrihye says:

      What about Trump?

    • BritAfrica says:

      Couldn’t agree more! Really can’t believe various women kept dating this vile human being.

      Was he really so clever that he kept his personality hidden from them and they didn’t figure out that he was controlling and a thug? Because he doesn’t strike me as being particularly clever/intelligent at all.

      • Panda says:

        Have you forgotten that his past partners have said he was always nice to them? People change with age, you know.

      • Spiderpig says:

        Apart from the multiple partners that also strongly implied he abused him? And his self-confessed decades-long history of violence and substance abuse?

      • Panda says:

        @Spiderpig Multiple partners? You mean Ryder? She recently said he was never abusive.

      • Val says:

        Not to project anything on any of his former girlfriends, but oftentimes victims of abuse don’t really accept/realise that what they went through was abuse…

      • ell says:

        kate moss back in the day said he was lovely most of the time, but he would get those jealous, possessive moods. it’s well reported he destroyed a hotel room in a jealous fit, and that’s scary and intimidating. winona gave an incredibly convoluted response, in which she said that wasn’t her experience, but that it didn’t take anything away from amber’s.

        not all abusive men/women are abusive in the exact same way with every partner. maybe others would get scared and back down when he flew on a jealous rage, while amber was less patient with that sort of behaviour and got the brunt of it. either way, substance abuse and jealousy are an awful combination, and not something anyone in a relationship should put up with.

      • Lex says:

        If someone flies in to violent rages, throws things, smashes things etc, even if not one single thing comes near you, that is abusive behaviour.

        He has arrests for bar fights and has trashed many hotel rooms, he cut his thumb off in a rage. It’s hardly some stretch of the imagination that he is an abusive man. In fact, his past and current behaviour is plainly evident of that.

        That is abusive behaviour. Many of his partners were present while he did these things.

      • Jena says:

        Only Kate was reportedly present that one time he trashed a hotel room, and she begged the police to leave him alone.

        “There’s nobody that’s ever really been able to take care of me. Johnny did for a bit. I believed what he said,” Moss says. “Like if I said, ‘What do I do?,’ he’d tell me. And that’s what I missed when I left. I really lost that gauge of somebody I could trust. Nightmare. Years and years of crying. Oh, the tears!”

        You don’t have to believe that he’s abused everyone in order to believe AH. She was arrested for domestic violence against a woman yet nobody says anything about that.

    • Tiffany says:

      Yes, it’s amazing how much my feelings about him have changed. The money shenanigans and the way he trash talked her via TMZ during the divorce makes him seem so horrible to me. Having his assistant text her, begging her to come back after abuse, and then to turn around and accuse her of making it all up, just vile behavior.

  5. meija says:

    He is an a** that is all I have.

    • Pix says:

      I agree. Johnny Depp sux. I used to be a big fan and now all i see is decay and disgust. He is the worst.

  6. Clare says:

    Jeez – I really hope she hasn’t screwed herself (and her chosen charities) by doing the PSA.

    • Jessie says:

      I don’t think she cares at this point.

      • detritus says:

        You’re right Jessie, I don’t think she cares about the money. I do think she cares deeply, just not about that.

        It’s hard to stand by your values when lots and lots of money is at stake. I honestly find it incredibly admirable.

  7. Maya says:

    Dear someone female and powerful,

    Please do the world a favour and take down the sexist and illegal site called TMZ.

    The owner hates women and it will be poetic justice if a woman took him down.


    A feminist who is sick and tired of men still ruling the world.

    • Greata says:


    • Kate says:

      AMEN !!!!!!!!!!!

    • Jessie says:

      The problem is that Harvey Levin is a lawyer, so he kind of knows what he is doing (however shady it may be, legally speaking) when he writes posts like these or OK’s he underlings to publish these posts. Plus, he’s totally supported by people like Pimp Mama K, Johnny Depp etc. in his pursuits…taking down a site like that wouldn’t be easy.

      • Erinn says:

        And he’s not the only lawyer they have. They make sure to keep things in gray areas for a reason. I used to like watching the show occasionally – but I’m also someone who could look at it more objectively than most of the people in their comment sections.

        There are a lot of celebs out there who do ‘okay’ stuff because even bad publicity is publicity. Some will willingly give up certain things so they can get a good spin on something else. It’s all a big game, really. It’s a shame that they take such a sexist, hateful approach to a lot of the stories – because I think they COULD have been good. But there’s too many favors going around for it to be at all unbiased.

    • KatnissforKaepernick says:

      Harvey Levin owns TMZ & he’s a lawyer. Very doubtful his site will be taken down and as a lawyer myself I cringe when I hear this from people commenting. Maybe you don’t live in the US but I do & we have a First Amendment right of free speech. He has every right to run his stories just like celebitchy does. You don’t have to read his site.

      • Lady D says:

        What about his comment section? Is it untouchable? Some of the most foul things I have ever read on the internet come from his comment site. I’m talking blatant racism, misogyny, hate speech, etc. I don’t understand how it’s allowed.
        I know most of the posters here are American, and you are an incredible group of aware, intelligent and compassionate people I look forward to conversing with. It’s hard for me to fathom most TMZ posters are from the same country.

      • Tiffany says:

        Free speech is one thing. Leaking medical and legal information is different. During an extortion trial for Stevie Wonder, they found a mic hidden in the courtroom on the lawyers table ( a “bug”). It transmitted back to a building owned by TMZ.

        They do incredibly shady and illegal things, they don’t just report gossip. They haven’t been caught totally red handed yet, but it doesn’t mean it’s not possible.

    • Kitten says:


    • cd3 says:

      JK Rowling is someone female and powerful, and even she ended up basically pandering to Johnny Depp in her comments on his casting.

      I think we will be waiting a long time for a takedown of TMZ – much as I wish and hope it will happen.

    • Pinetree13 says:

      I find Harvey’s level of misogyny shocking. He really wears it on his sleeve for all to see.

  8. Ronaldinhio says:

    I personally think that this speaks to how in control he needed to be in the relationship. Now he still needs to be in control and however stupid or spitefully he might be behaving he is going right ahead and doing so
    The alternative and kinder view is the other thing that I said at the time this was going on – I was unsure how cash rich Mr Depp was…the sales of the paintings etc when the marriage went south made me think that actual get your hands on dosh wasn’t that readily available to him
    So maybe he gets a pass

    • jinni says:

      I think it is the second one. He didn’t have that much ready cash to just give her and that’s why it’s taken so long. Maybe he thought he would have to end up paying her more since 7 million isn’t even all she was technically entitled to since that was not half of what he made the year and change they were married.

    • detritus says:

      It’s pretty much textbook abuser behaviour.
      I’d say reason 1. Reason 2 may play a part, but reason 1 is the driving force.

    • Ariadne says:

      He’s a real piece of work.

  9. giulia says:

    Johnny is an asswipe. It was foolish of amber tho to publicly announce the charity donations or do a psa before she had in hand. He’s abusive – know yr enemy.

  10. Josefina says:

    I can’t think of any other celeb who has had such a massive fall of grace with me. Not so long ago I thought of him as a talented and very sweet actor everyone in Hollywood should try to imitate. I defended him too much. Now I positively get mad whenever I see him.

    But it did teach me something: That celebs have PR people hiding all their dirty laundry. I always knew that, but now I’m actively applying it to everything I read on this site. All I know about these people are the images they want to project. Even for those celebs I admire the most, there’s that thought in the back of my head reminding me I don’t actually know anything about this person.

    • Maya says:

      Me too – I admired him and not I detest him.

    • Kitten says:

      Me too. I did a complete and total 180 on this guy.

    • K2 says:

      Same. It’s horrible, realising how much of his image was smoke and mirrors. And it’s sad how many women refuse to accept the documented evidence that he is nothing like that image, and instead tear into Heard in his defence.

      • ria says:


        I loved watching his movies, found him funny, ridiculusly pretty looking and crazy acting in a good way.
        Now he is just another teenage idolization coming to an end.
        It is depressing how many loved celebrities turning out to be a##holes!

        I feel sorry for Amber and hope she don’t have deal with anymore sh#t because of him.

    • lucy2 says:

      Add me to the list too. When he was doing unique, quirky movies with the occasional big budget one for a while there, and seemed to have this quiet life with Vanessa and the kids out of the spotlight in France, I thought it all sounded so good. Now, ugh.

    • Dlo says:

      You captured my thoughts beautifully with your words @Josephina. Thank you

    • BrooklynTam says:

      Me too! What a piece of SCUM just like his tattoo on his hand in the pic says!

      • Jena says:

        That tattoo is dedicated to her!

      • BrooklynTam says:

        Yeah the “SLIM” was but then he changed it to “SCUM” but I’m not sure if it was dedicated to her just like the “Wino Forever” was really describing him!

  11. jinni says:

    It seems to me that they were dealing with this quietly but because of the PSA TMZ wanted to know if this effected the settlement so they called her lawyer and of course they talked. Either way he needs to just give her the money and move on with his life. Let her do what ever she will with it. Start off 2017 fresh and free.

  12. frisbee says:

    This is his version of throwing his dummy out of the pram (or pacifier out of the buggy) – could he be more embarrassing and immature at this point? No. I’ve never supported him but I did support his talent and hope he could turn his career around at one point. Not any more, I’d like nothing more than seeing this nasty little man fall flat on his face never to get up again.

  13. Cannibell says:

    Disgraceful. What is he thinking he has to gain here?

  14. Who ARE These People? says:

    The ACLU could really use that money, too (as could the hospital, but women’s issues have been thrust into the forefront by the US president-elect’s history and sexism). Pay up, Depp. Wonder if he voted.

  15. Lucy2 says:

    Paying up quickly so two deserving charities got the money they need would’ve been the best thing he could’ve done. Instead he tried to go around her and is now sitting on the payment? It’s only makes him look so, so much worse.
    He really should have given her her settlement and then matched or made another donation in his name as well.

  16. anniefannie says:

    The unfortunate wisdom I’ve gained during my divorce is that judges expect you to carry out settlements exactly as written , to the letter of the law. The only time our judge got truly animated during our case was when my ex tried something similar ( with much less $$ of course )

  17. OTHER RENEE says:

    I won’t see any film with him in it. I try to differentiate between an actor and his/her personal life, but sometimes the douchiness of an actor is just too much to bear and I just can’t.

  18. molly says:

    What is it with all my 80s/90’s teen crushes? They have all turned out to be huge jackasses.

  19. Lascivious says:

    I see the scarves have moved up and are starting to take over his head now.

  20. Sage says:

    He should have just paid her the money and walked away. Instead, he chose to make himself look more like a controlling jerk.
    Johnny is a mess.

  21. meme says:

    And this is much worse and sad than what i thought first
    ACLU sent an email to TMZ to tell them that they received a check from Amber just three days after they struck the agreement, a $350.000 check on August 19 and that she was relying on to Johnny’s funds to pay the rest. And according to the sources at the hospital she also tried to send money to the Children Hospital of Los Angeles but her squabbling with Johnny for the money, stalled everything

    And we know Amber doesn’t have any money, that must be the reason why Johnny wanted to bypass her after. So she couldn’t refund the 350k that she already sent to ACLU

    He’s a P.O.S

    • Jena says:

      Wait, so why didn’t she mention this when she called him out in August?

      • meme says:

        i guess she didn’t want to scream to every person, that she already donated money by herself
        Now it was ACLU Rep that sent the mails and also confirmed to People and TIME, that they received money from her back in August and she also took steps to send money to CHLA
        I guess TMZ just “forgot” (suspicious?) to ask to ACLU if they received money from her

        And by the way, all the ado Johnny did about sending money by himself, with press release and all and he only sent 100k to every org which is a ridiculous amount of money for somebody as rich as him

  22. funyun says:

    tmz is actually owned 100% by Warner brothers Harvey gets a % of website money and ad money from tv show..
    depp is a wb boy so like Affleck Leo etc..
    wb boys get the velvet touch

  23. eggyweggs says:

    Is $7 million really all that much to this dude? Dang, Scarf-turd, just cut her a check.

  24. Dlo says:

    Scarf turd! OMG can I use this? This is my new pet name for depp!😂😂😂😂😂

  25. Anna says:

    A couple of things. TMZ is owned by Time Warner.

    It is not a bad thing that Ambers settlement didn’t go through. In time she can get a better settlement. I always said she should have waited. She should have gone to get the permanent restraining order, and she should have filed a police report…all of this while getting more than $7mil. What’s the rush? Take his behind to the cleaners. There has to be something missing. Was she just in a hurry, or did he threaten to release unflattering info on her as leverage. Anyway, she needs to get that money. She’s entitled to it and it’s no ones business how she spends it

  26. Lalu says:

    He is such a disappointment.

  27. 313girl says:

    It could be as simple as JD has not paid the money yet because the settlement agreement has not been signed. Why would anyone pay the money before the deal was inked? Or, since none of us know the terms and conditions of the deal, it could be that AH violated a condition and therefore, JD is excused from paying. This could be a matter of basic contract law and not one of control, abuse, etc.

    • K2 says:

      Saying you’ll send your spouse’s divorce settlement straight to charity when you owe it to them directly is abusive and controlling. Especially when there’s a large financial benefit in terms of tax exemption attached. There is no way this can be spun to Depp’s credit – he announced his intention to make that direct payment almost at once.

  28. Libra girl says:

    His behavior is disappointing on so many levels. Hopefully he does the right thing and let’s her have/donate the money. He has become quite vile in my eyes.

  29. Bitchy says:

    Should the money go to Amber directly? YES!
    Can she give it to whomever she pleases? YES!

    I think that Depp doesn’t only try to get some tax deduction on his ex-wife’s settlement but he also tries to point out that Amber wouldn’t give all the money to charity as she announced and in this situation it looks like as if she is only miffed because he actually “makes” her practice as she preached because she never intended to.
    I mean to many people it might really look like that.

    Personally I think Amber should never have announced that she would give it all to charity. She has no money and needs it. Perhaps announcing to donate half of it? If she back tracks now from her pledge to donate it all it would reflect badly on her and Depp would surely point it out if she didn’t donate it all.

    As for Depp: Rich man humilitating his ex-wife. He should have bowed out graciously instead of going for this type of revenge.

  30. BrooklynTam says:

    I can’t believe I used to be a fan of this French Scarf Monster (From SNL😆) she already donated 350,000 of her own money 3 months ago and this bloated,abusive,drunken,coked up little bum is keeping her from donating the rest?! JUST GIVE HER THE MONEY! It’s too bad that he doesn’t have the right people in his life to tell him to stop this nonsense because they’re too busy kissing his ass or to scared to say anything or else they’ll get cut off. He makes himself look even worse than his teeth look at this point.

    • Jena says:

      How is he keeping her from donating the rest when it says the divorce has to be finalized in order for her to receive the money?

      “Depp wants to pay the money directly to the charities but she wants the money sent to her. Heard does not want Depp to get a tax deduction.”

      What does it matter whether he gets a tax deduction or not?

      • Jena says:

        Judging by her lawyer’s response, it doesn’t like Depp’s done anything so I’m not sure how he’s making himself look so bad..