A new report has claimed that Johnny Depp's divorce settlement with his ex-wife Amber Heard has fallen apart after the actress publicly spoke about domestic abuse. The Hollywood heartthrob is believed to be furious with Heard for allegedly breaching the confidentiality agreement reached between the two as part of the settlement. As a result, Depp allegedly stalled the $6.8m (£5.37 m) divorce settlement.
The 53-year-old actor had earlier directly paid $100,000 from the settlement to two charities, but legal documents suggest that the actor is stonewalling rest of the payment to Heard after she wrote a letter for the December issue of the fashion magazine Porter.
The Rum Diary actress had publicly said that she would donate the entire amount two charities – the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and American Civil Liberties Union. However, as Depp has allegedly halted the payment, the entire process seems to have been affected. Responding to the delay, Heard's team filed a formal "Request For Order" in the court, which would force Depp into the terms of the settlement.
According to Daily Mail, the "Request for Order" mentioned, "...despite months of efforts and repeated breaches by Respondent (Depp), the parties have been unable to reach agreement on a stipulated form of judgment."
The document signed by her lawyers Pierce O'Donnell and Bernard M Resser mentions issues regarding the first two instalments of the "equalisation and legal fees payments", conflicts related to property division and transferring the title of a Range Rover.
Depp and Heard's settlement is believed to have hit the wall after the 30-year-old addressed the social issue – in her letter – seemingly alluding to her personal journey.
Without mentioning her ex-husband, the actress addressed victims of domestic abuse and said, "You are not alone. You may have suffered alone behind closed doors, but you are not alone. You need to know that. I want to remind you of your strength, a strength that has been multiplied by the number of women who stand silently behind you — a truth that allowed me to break down the doors I once found myself behind."
"I was raised to be independent and self-reliant. I was never given nor wanted the burden of dependency. I never felt like anyone would or could rescue me, so naturally I resented the label of 'victim'," she continued.
Depp and Heard divorced after being married for 15 months and reached a settlement in August. "Neither party has made false accusations for financial gain. There was never any intent of physical or emotional harm," the former couple said announcing their divorce settlement.