Elon Musk chipped in for Amber Heard’s ACLU donation: Depp trial testimony
Billionaire Elon Musk appears to have chipped in at least $500,000 to ex-girlfriend Amber Heard’s donation to the American Civil Liberties Union, the organization’s general counsel testified Thursday.
erence Dougherty said Heard never made good on her $3.5 million pledged to the group,
paying only $350,000, according to the ACLU exec’s taped deposition played during Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against his ex-wife.
The rest of the $1.3 million the ACLU eventually came from Depp,
who forked over $100,000, and a donor Dougherty believes was Musk.
That money included a $500,000 donation from a fund at Vanguard and $350,000 from a Fidelity fund, Dougherty testified.
He said he believed at least the $500,000 came from the Tesla CEO, he said in a pre-taped deposition in the case
“Yes, he must have,” Dougherty said under questioning by Depp’s lawyer, referring to Musk.
“Either that means a separate donor-advised fund he has at Fidelity or from
Fidelity, you know, direct investment accounts he has at Fidelity,” he said. “I’m assuming the former, but I don’t know.”
he’s trying to undermine her credibility.
Terence Dougherty, the ACLU’s general counsel and chief operating officer,
said in his December 2021 deposition that the $3.5 million were supposed to be paid through installments over a period of ten years.
“We learned that she was having financial difficulties.”