For those who follow celebrity news, the news that Amber Heard (former wife of actor Johnny Depp as of August 2017) donated the entirety of her $7 million divorce settlement to battered women is not fresh. But on Monday, April 9th, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was the first recipient to confirm her statements to that end.
Under the hospital’s “Honor Roll of Donors,” Heard’s name is listed with the statement “On behalf of all the children and families whose lives you have impacted, and everyone at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we offer our sincere thanks.” Her name is featured in the category of $1 – $5 million donors.
The rest of the $7 million was split among various other charities that focus on preventing violence against women, reported People Magazine.
“My philanthropic efforts have always been centered around medical care, especially with women and children,” Heard told People. “Medical care always struck me as a basic human right and necessity.”
Heard, who is 23 years younger than Depp, divorced him with a restraining order and public accusations of abuse after only 15 months of marriage. For many, her immediate disposal of her divorce settlement has been taken as evidence that her accusations have merit.
“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,” said Heard in a statement back in August.
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, one of the Children’s Miracle Network hospitals, treats more than half a million pediatric patients a year and relies on donors like Heard to fund their quarter of a billion dollars in community benefits including neighborhood clinics and pro bono care for disadvantaged families. Over a century old, the hospital offers hundreds of pediatric specialties, making it invaluable to children’s health care.