There's been a huge legal victory for Johnny Depp as he has finally won a motion against Amber Heard to prove that she donated their divorce settlement to charity.

Both Heard and Depp have been in the headlines for a long time now following their divorce and subsequent domestic abuse claims from both parties.

It was way back in 2017 when the couple finalized their divorce, however in 2019, Depp claimed he was the victim of abuse at the hands of Heard, who denied the allegation.



Depp also filed a defamation lawsuit against Heard after she alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.

Earlier this year, Depp unsuccessfully attempted to appeal his High Court libel ruling, which sided with The Sun calling him a 'wife beater' as Heard's claims of abuse were 'substantially true'.

But now, months later, following significant controversy, the Pirates of the Caribbean star has secured a rare victory in his legal battles with Heard.

Following their divorce, Heard vowed to donate the money from her $7 million divorce settlement in 2016 to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Children's Hospital Los Angeles.



Earlier this year, Heard claimed that she had remained financially seperate from Depp the entire time that they were together. She also said that 'the entire amount of my divorce settlement was donated to charity'.

However, according to the MailOnline, Depp's lawyer Andrew Caldecott claimed the alleged donation was a 'calculated and manipulative lie' which was an attempt to 'tip the scales against Mr Depp from the very beginning'.

Depp's legal team then filed a petition with the New York Supreme Court for the ACLU to hand over documents that prove Heard's donation, having previously refused to co-operate. The judge has now ruled in favour of 23 out of the 24 requests in the 'motion to compel', only denying the request for documents pertaining to her role as an ACLU 'brand ambassador'.



The Judge said:

Depp has satisfied the initial burden of stating the circumstances of reasons underlying the subpoena… the ACLU has failed to demonstrate that the information sought it utterly irrelevant to the action.

Thus, for the reasons stated herein, the petition is granted and denied in part and respondents are ordered to comply with all subpoenas with the exception of… documents pertaining to Ms Heard's role as a brand ambassador for the ACLU.

Recently Heard has been making headlines after news emerged that she would still almost certainly be appearing in Aquaman 2 despite staunch petitions to have her removed from the movie.

Thousands upon thousands of people have vowed to boycot the movie should Heard star, however one of the film's producers, Peter Safran, claimed that Warner Bros would not remove her from the film simply down to threats of boycotting and petitions.