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Johnny Depp and Amber Heard set to finalise divorce settlement

Published 28/11/2016

Amber Heard
Amber Heard

The news comes days after the actress filmed a domestic violence PSA.

Actress Amber Heard is still waiting to officially sign off on the final settlement papers in her divorce from Johnny Depp.

The former Hollywood couple struck a deal to end its bitter three-month divorce battle in August (16), with Amber walking away with a $7 million (£5.6 million) payday after accusing Depp of verbally and physically abusing her throughout their 15-month marriage.

She subsequently announced plans to split the money equally between two charities - the American Civil Liberties Union's (ACLU) domestic violence unit and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

However, according to TMZ.com, organisation officials have yet to receive any more of the promised funds after an initial $200,000 (£161,000) cheque sent directly by Depp in late August (16).

At the time, Heard's representatives attacked the Pirates of the Caribbean star for the direct payments, accusing him of trying to earn a tax cut, and the dispute reportedly caused a delay in finalising the settlement documents.

Heard's lawyer, Pierce O'Donnell, now reveals the last of the paperwork is expected to be signed off this week (begs28Nov16), allowing the rest of the money to be paid to the organisations.

It is not clear if Depp will continue to make the charity cheques out in Heard's name, or if the actress will be paid the full amount and then take care of the donations herself.

The news emerges days after Heard featured in a powerful new public service announcement (PSA), encouraging women to speak up about domestic violence.

As part of the stars' settlement, the blonde beauty is barred from discussing her allegations against Depp, but it's clear she is alluding to their troubled marriage as she touches on the issue for the video, which was made in collaboration with #GirlGaze, a website and movement which seeks to "push back against the cultural projections and traditional gender roles imposed upon girls from the outside world".

In the heartfelt message, Amber is seen sitting on a sofa and speaking directly into the camera as she expresses the need to address domestic violence head on.

"I guess there was a lot of shame attached to that, the label of victim," she notes. "It happens to so many women you know, when it happens in your home behind closed doors with someone you love it's not straightforward... If a stranger did this, as it was pointed out to me, it would be a no-brainer."

Without mentioning Depp by name, she adds, "Just as a woman having gone through this in the public stage, in the public arena that I did it, I have a unique opportunity to remind other women this doesn't have to be the way it is, you don't have to do it alone; you're not alone."

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