Johnny Depp has scored a victory in his legal battle against ex-wife Amber Heard, which will force a charity to reveal whether the actress kept her promises to donate her $ 7 million divorce settlement.
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, 58, obtained a partial petition from a New York judge who ordered the American Civil Liberties Union to release documents confirming whether Heard, 35, had donated the payment of their divorce in 2017, USA Today reported.
“Mr. Depp is very satisfied with the court’s decision,” Depp’s lawyer Benjamin Chew said in a statement.
His lawyers have alleged Heard was lying by donating his entire divorce settlement to the ACLU and Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles – and may have cost him his libel lawsuit against a British newspaper in November 2020.
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Depp’s attorney, Andrew Caldecott, argued that Heard’s commitment to charities was a “calculated and manipulative lie” that “tipped the scales against Mr. Depp from the start.”
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Depp lost the case when a judge ruled that a title saying he had “wife drummer” when he married Heard was “essentially true.”
Lawyers for News Group Newspapers insisted Heard didn’t lie about the donations because she pledged to pay them over 10 years.
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She had already made “a number of payments in accordance with these commitments,” attorney Adam Wolanski said, USA Today reported.
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