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Johnny Depp appeal: Amber Heard accused of failing to donate divorce money to charity

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Johnny Depp has accused ex-wife Amber Heard of a “calculated and manipulative lie” in a pledge to donate her $7 million divorce settlement to charity, as he challenges the High Court ruling that he was violent during their marriage.

Mounting an appeal to the ruling, Depp today applied to introduce “fresh evidence” into the legal battle, that was not heard during the original trial. 

He claims Heard’s credibility as the central witness against him was boosted by her pledge to donate her $7 million divorce settlement (£5.5 million) to charity.

Depp’s legal team want to bring in evidence, said to show the money has not made its way to a children’s hospital and a violence against women organisation and she knew that when giving evidence.  

Andrew Caldecott QC, for Depp, said there was a “striking lack of criticism” of Heard in the judgment, arguing: “Had the truth about the charity claim emerged at the trial, it would have materially affected the Judge’s consideration of Ms Heard’s evidence as a whole”.

He told today’s hearing the charity pledge was “a wholly remarkable act of philanthropy if true”.

“It’s a remarkable thing to do, and on any view it’s a considerable boost to her credit as a person.

“The secondary message is, we say it’s a potent subliminal message that I want him to pay but don’t want to keep a dime of his money because of the way I’ve been treated.

“In the context of this case, it implies revulsion at the way he has treated her physically.” 

After the couple divorced in 2016, Ms Heard said she would split the seven million US dollars between the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

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