Amber Heard To Donate $7 Million Divorce Settlement to Prevent Violence Against Women

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CANNES, FRANCE - MAY 20, 2014: Actress Amber Heard walks down the red carpet during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 20, 2014 in Cannes, France.

Amber Heard is donating her $7 million divorce settlement to charity.

“Money played no role for me and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves,” Amber Heard said in a statement released on Thursday. The couple settled out of court on Tuesday after a very short marriage and a pretty ugly divorce. But, reading Amber Heard's comments, she makes it clear it was never about the money. TMZ points out that because Heard gave up her right to all the residuals earned from any movie during their 15-month marriage that money was technically hers. Heard has instead chosen to donate the money to charities that focus on children and preventing violence against women. You can read her statement in full below:
As described in the restraining order and divorce settlement, money played no role for me personally and never has, except to the extent that I could donate it to charity and, in doing so, hopefully help those less able to defend themselves. As reported in the media, the amount received in the divorce was $7 million and $7 million is being donated. This is over and above any funds that I have given away in the past and will continue to give away in the future. The donation will be divided equally between the ACLU, with a particular focus to stop violence against women, and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, where I have worked as a volunteer for the past 10 years alongside organizations like the Art of Elysium. Over the years, I have seen firsthand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child. I know these organizations will put the funds to good use and look forward to continuing to support them in the future. Hopefully, this experience results in a positive change in the lives of people who need it the most.
The entire thing was a horrible mess to begin with, I am very glad it is over and we can go back to enjoying their acting talents on the big screen.

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