'Money played no role for me,' Amber Heard on donating her £5.3 million Johnny Depp divorce settlement to charity

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Amber Heard has confirmed she is donating her entire £5.3 million ($7 million) divorce settlement from Johnny Depp to charity - a chunk of which will help battered women.

The US actress, 30, will divide the money between the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and The Children's Hospital of Los Angeles.

Heard, who married th 53-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star Depp in 2015, said she was donating the money to "help those less able to defend themselves".

Earlier this year, Depp was issued with a restraining order before divorce proceeds began amid allegations he physically assaulted his wife.

Heard appeared in court in May sporting a bruised face Credit: Reuters

The breakdown in the pair's relationship earlier this year was highly publicised. Depp came in for both criticism and support after he was accused of domestically abusing Heard.

On Thursday, Heard said that money had "never" played a role in divorce proceedings.

Her statement in full:

The money will be split evenly between the ACLU, with a focus to stop violence against women, and The Children's Hospital in Los Angeles, where Heard works as a volunteer.

In April, the pair appeared in an Australian court over a separate matter after illegally importing their pet dogs into the country.

The incident resulted in a protracted spat between Depp and Australia's Deputy Prime Minister.

Depp and Heard appeared in an Australian court earlier this year Credit: Reuters

The couple, who wed in February 2015, settled their divorce on Tuesday, just one day before a court hearing for the temporary restraining order Heard had been granted in May.

The actress withdrew her allegations that Depp had been physically abusive toward her and the pair issued a joint statement saying: "Our relationship was intensely passionate and at times volatile, but always bound by love".