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The legal proceedings surrounding Johnny Depp and Amber Heard‘s divorce have reportedly taken a turn for the decidedly ugly, with Depp now allegedly refusing to pay Heard the previously agreed-upon $6.8million settlement.
Proceedings had been close to being resolved and settled, however according to the Daily Mail, Depp has reneged on the payout at the 11th hour, citing an essay on domestic violence penned by Heard in recent days as evidence of a breach of terms.
Heard penned an open letter in the December issue of fashion magazine Porter, covering issues of domestic violence survivors and female empowerment. Whilst the detailing of her own personal experiences were vague and did not specifically mention Depp by name at any point, Depp’s legal team still feels this is a violation of the confidentiality agreement which is part of the proposed divorce settlement.
Conversely Heard’s legal team has reportedly filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court urging the judge to enforce the terms of the settlement on Depp, alleging that he has already failed to pay Heard agreed-upon sums of money, has failed to transfer the title of a Range Rover, and has failed to meet with Heard to discuss the division of furnishings jointly purchased during their relationship.
Amber Heard has previously confirmed the $6.8million settlement sum would be donated in its entirety to the American Civil Liberties Union and the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.
A few weeks ago Heard spoke with women’s photography collective GirlGaze on the issue of domestic violence, urging the broader culture to “take responsibility” for erasing the scourge of domestic violence, noting that “it’s the only way people will feel comfortable coming forward, raising their voices.“
Heard filed for divorce from Depp on May 23rd of this year, stating that Depp had been verbally and physically abusive of her throughout the course of their relationship. She filed for a restraining order against Depp five days later.
Source: Daily Mail.
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