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Amber Heard donates all $7 million of her divorce settlement to charity

Amber Heard received $7 million in her settlement, and says she will donate the lot because "money played no role".

Amber Heard, with former husband, actor Johnny Depp

The actress, who was married to Pirates of the Caribbean star, Johnny Depp, filed for divorce back in May; amid accusations the actor had been violent towards her.

This week, the pair announced they had reached a settlement, a day before their divorce was due to go to court.

The 30-year-old star, who is set to receive US $7 million (NZ9.6m), has confirmed she will be splitting funds from the settlement between a children’s hospital and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – who help victims of domestic abuse.

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Amber’s settlement statement read: 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.

“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 organisations like the Art of Elysium.

“Over the years, I have seen first-hand how more funding for staffing, better equipment and better medication can make the difference between life or death for a child.

"I know these organisations 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 ACLU said they were “incredibly grateful” to the Magic Mike XXL actress for her donation.

The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles called Amber’s generosity “a tremendous gift”.

The former couple said in a statement: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love. Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm. Amber wishes the best for Johnny in the future. Amber will be donating financial proceeds from the divorce to a charity."

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