Wednesday 26 July 2017

Amber Heard takes ex-husband Johnny Depp to court over 'unpaid $7m divorce settlement'

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
US actress Amber Heard arrives with US actor Johnny Depp for the screening of the movie "The Danish Girl" presented in competition at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
Actors Amber Heard (L) and Johnny Depp attend the "Black Mass" Boston special screening at the Coolidge Corner Theatre on September 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Paul Marotta/Getty Images for Warner Brothers)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorced with a €7m settlement
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Undated handout photo issued by People Magazine of the Amber Heard appearing to have a bruised eye and cut lip which she claims were the result of Johnny Depp's abuse. People/PA Wire
A photo submitted to Los Angeles Superior County Court by Amber Heard showing her bruised face. Photo: PA

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Actress Amber Heard has accused Johnny Depp of missing the court deadline to hand over her $7 million divorce settlement.

The former couple struck a deal to end its bitter three-month divorce battle in August after Heard accused Depp of verbally and physically abusing her throughout their 15-month marriage.

The 30-year-old subsequently announced plans to split the money he agreed to hand over equally between two charities - the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) domestic violence unit and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles - but last month, it was revealed organisation officials had yet to receive any cash after an initial $200,000 cheque, which was sent directly by the Pirates of the Caribbean actor.

Heard's attorney, Pierce O'Donnell, claimed the paperwork set to finalise the divorce was due to be signed by both parties by 4 December, allowing the rest of the money to be paid to the charities, but it appears there has been a hold up in the legal process.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorced with a €7m settlement
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard divorced with a €7m settlement

On Wednesday, The Danish Girl star filed a Request for Order at Los Angeles Superior Court, and asked a judge to ensure the agreement is enforced.

In the documents, obtained by People, Heard's attorney alleges Depp has ignored the court-ordered payment deadline, as well as other mandates regarding the division of personal property, the shipment of belongings from his island home in the Bahamas, and the transfer of a Range Rover into the actress' name, among other issues.

Heard also wants Depp to pay her legal fees of $35,435 in full.

The stars' divorce settlement required Depp to hand over the remainder of the $7 million over the next 12 months, with Heard expected to complete the transfer of cash to her chosen charities by the end of 2018.

Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the
Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attend the "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Depp's representative has yet to comment on the latest development in the former couple's divorce.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

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