In June 2022, a Virginia jury found both Heard and Depp liable for defamation. However, the former couple reached a settlement in December, with Heard agreeing to pay Depp $1 million in damages. Depp’s legal team stated that he intended to donate the settlement funds to charity.
According to a source close to Johnny Depp, the actor has decided on five charities to which he will donate the $1 million settlement he is owed by Amber Heard following their highly publicized defamation trial. The source revealed that Depp has selected the Make-A-Film Foundation, The Painted Turtle, Red Feather, Marlon Brando’s Tetiaroa Society charity, and the Amazonia Fund Alliance as the beneficiaries. Depp plans to contribute $200,000 to each of these organizations.
Initially, the jury awarded Depp $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, while Heard received $2 million in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. Eventually, the damages owed by Heard to Depp were reduced to $1 million when the settlement was reached.
Heard took to her verified Instagram page to announce the settlement, emphasizing that it did not imply any admission on her part and expressing her disillusionment with the American legal system. Depp’s lawyers, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew, stated their satisfaction with closing this chapter and Depp’s focus on revealing the truth.
Recent photographs depict both actors spending time in Europe, presumably attempting to move forward from the highly publicized trial.