Amber Heard testified that she donated $250,000 to a children’s art program. The charity’s CEO said the money came from Elon Musk.
Amber Heard testified in her defamation lawsuit for donating $250,000 to the Art of Elysium charity.
The charity’s CEO said in a deposition that he received a payment of $250,000 on Heard’s behalf.
But the CEO said he understood the money actually came from Elon Musk.
A CEO of an arts charity who Amber Heard testified that he donated $250,000 to say the money actually came from Elon Musk.
He is the second charity official to say he believes an anonymous donation made in Heard’s name came from Musk, the billionaire CEO of Tesla whom Heard dated immediately after his split from Johnny Depp in 2016.
Earlier, a representative from the American Civil Liberties Union said the organization received a $350,000 donation in Heard’s name from an account they believe is associated with Musk.
Heard is currently fighting a lawsuit from her ex-husband, Depp, who accused her of defamation, claiming she ruined his reputation and career with false allegations of domestic violence. Heard says she was a victim of domestic violence and spent several days on the stand describing several incidents in which she said Depp physically and sexually assaulted her.
Depp’s Legal team sought to undermine Heard’s credibility on Tuesday when they suggested that a donation she said she made on the stand was actually paid for by Musk.
Heard said on the stand that she donated $250,000 to the Art of Elysium, a children’s arts charity.
But a rebuttal witness from Depp’s legal team challenged that statement on Tuesday. In a pre-recorded deposition from March 3, 2022, Jennifer Howell, CEO of the Art of Elysium, said the organization received only one donation made in Heard’s name – a payment of $250,000 from a anonymous donor who they understood to be Musk.
Heard’s credibility on his charitable donations was called into question earlier in the trial. Depp’s legal team has provided evidence showing that Heard failed to keep his public pledge to donate his entire $7 million divorce settlement from Depp to two charities – the ACLU and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
On Tuesday, a pre-recorded deposition from Candie Davidson-Goldbronn, a representative for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, said the organization had only ever received $250,000 directly from Heard, in addition to a $100 payout. $000 made by Depp’s fund manager as part of his divorce settlement. That’s far less than the $3.5 million she promised the organization. The rep said he followed up on Heard’s contact to find out whether to expect future payments on that pledge and never received a response.
Earlier in the trial, a ACLU representative said the organization only received three payments made on Heard’s behalf, totaling $950,000. They said only one came directly from Heard, while another was from Depp’s fund manager, and the third would be from Musk.
Heard said she planned to pay the two charities in installments over a period of time, but had to stop payments when Depp sued her in 2019.
Musk did not immediately return Insider’s request for comment on Tuesday. Representatives for Heard declined to comment.
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