Johnny Depp Withholding Settlement From Amber Heard

Johnny Depp is allegedly withholding the $6.8 million divorce settlement he owes Amber Heard because of her recent essay about domestic violence.

According to a report from, the settlement was close to being finalized this week, but Depp is refusing to pay because he feels Heard violated confidentiality terms.

The Daily Mail obtained documents from Heard's legal team revealing a "Request for Order," which is an official request for a judge to step in to force Depp to honor the terms of the settlement.


After Depp agreed to pay his wife $7 million in August rather than go to trial for domestic abuse, Heard pledged to donate 100 percent of the settlement to two charities: the ACLU and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Depp has reportedly already paid an initial $100,000 to each organization but is apparently dragging his feet to pay the remaining sum because he is angry at Heard for her essay in PORTER magazine.

In the essay, which was published in PORTER's winter issue, Heard never mentions Depp by name, but addresses survivors of domestic abuse, speaking from a place of solidarity.

She wrote,

I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you — a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind... When a woman comes forward to speak out about injustice or her suffering, instead of aid, respect and support, she will be met with hostility, skepticism and shame. Her motives will be questioned and her truth ignored.

Last month, Heard also participated in the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Towards Women, by making a PSA videos for abuse survivors, urging them to speak out.

It is unknown what the exact terms of the divorce settlement are, but the Daily Mail reports Depp feels Heard violated those terms by speaking up about the topic of domestic violence.

The report notes Depp has so far missed the first two installments of the $6.8 million settlement.

C'mon, Johnny. That money is for charity.

Citations: Amber Heard slams Johnny Depp in court after he REFUSES to make good on their $6.8 million divorce settlement because she wrote an open letter about domestic violence (Daily Mail)