Johnny Depp Is Sending Amber Heard’s Settlement Checks Directly To Her Charities Of Choice (UPDATE)
The Amber Heard v. Johnny Depp divorce war finally came to an end over a week ago when they agreed on a $7 million settlement and she agreed to drop the domestic abuse case against him. As President Heather Mills walked toward Amber Heard to pin a gold shovel on her lapel and welcome her into The League of Extraordinary Gold Diggers, she let Elin know to turn around and walk the other way. Amber announced that she’s donating all $7 million of her settlement to charity. Amber said in a statement that she will give half to the ACLU (specifically to help victims of domestic violence) and the other half to the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. Johnny could’ve just sent that mountain of money to Amber and let her give the money to charity, but that would be too easy. Captain Halitosis McBracelets WILL have the last word.
Johnny’s rep said in a statement to TMZ that he will send the checks directly to Amber’s charities of choice, and he sent the first payments yesterday:
“Following Amber Heard’s announcement that her divorce settlement was to be divided equally and gifted to Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the American Civil Liberties Union, two exceptionally deserving and important charities, Johnny Depp has sent the first of multiple installments of those monies to each charity in the name of Amber Heard, which when completed will honor the full amount of Ms. Heard’s pledge.
Ms. Heard’s generosity in giving to these wonderful causes is deeply respected.”
Johnny’s side probably wanted to squeeze just one more breath out of this dead horse by releasing that statement, but maybe Amber’s side agreed that the donations should come from him for tax purposes. Forbes wrote up a highly detailed article explaining how Amber’s $7 million charitable donation could cost her a lot. Forbes went through different scenarios and each one ended with Amber either owing the tax man a ton of money or it taking decades before she gets some kind of tax benefit. Amber reportedly brought in $260,000 in 2016, and that’s before her team gets a cut. She can only deduct half of her “adjusted gross income” of the year and she’s obviously not going to make $14 million in 2016. I’ll let Forbes take the confusing tax talk from here:
As a result, Heard could deduct only $130,000 of her $7 million contribution in 2016. The good news: a taxpayer may carry forward any unused charitable contribution deduction for five years. The bad news: if Heard will only be earning $260,000 a year into the future, it would take her approximately 54 years to get the benefit of her entire $7 million charitable contribution deduction.
So if the donations came from Johnny’s accounts, that would mean he’d get the tax write-off, right? If that’s the case, then that’s a total anti- gold digger move and President Mills just spit on Amber’s gold shovel pin and put it on eBay. And all proceeds from the winning bid will go directly to Heather Mills’ checking account. That’s how a true gold digger does it!
UPDATE: Okay, hold the quesadilla I was about to eat, because I need to shit on my theory that Amber’s side agreed to Johnny directly giving the money to charity. Amber’s people gave a statement to TMZ where they made it clear that they’re not okay with Johnny’s shady move and since he’s getting a tax deduction, they want him to donate double to charity and to donate it all at once.
“If Johnny wishes to change the settlement agreement, we must insist that he honor the full amount by donating $14M to charity, which after accounting for his tax deduction, is equal to his $7M payment obligation to Amber. We would also insist that the full amount be paid immediately and not drawn out over many years. Anything less would be a transparent attempt by Johnny’s counsel, Laura Wasser and Patti Glaser, to reduce their client’s true payment by half under the guise of newfound concern for charities that he has never previously supported.”
Just when I thought that there was nothing more to drag out in this wreck of a situation, Johnny has found a way to drag it out some more. I threw my rain slicker away thinking that this was over, so now I need to get a new one since it looks like a new round of shit-slinging has begun.