Johnny Depp has clearly refused ACLU’s request as they asked him to pay $84k with regards to the subpoenas served to the organization. This was as part of his defamation lawsuit against Amber Heard. The request from ACLU was submitted after they learned about Depp’s win as the jury had awarded him $15 million in the defamation trial.
As per ACLU, they had spent some time responding to these subpoenas. It has been reported that they had to go through 7,500 documents before they could provide $2,000 worth of documents to Depp.
The organization claims, “The ACLU produced three witnesses—including its Executive Director—for over sixteen hours of depositions. Along the way, Mr. Depp rejected numerous compromises to minimize the burden and expense on the ACLU and its employees.”
Johnny described their request for $86k as “exorbitant and unreasonable”. He also added that he has no issues with paying a certain amount but requested for the figure to be reduced. This claim is yet to be ruled over by a judge.
Depp had sued his ex-wife, Amber for writing an op-ed in the Washington Post. He was never mentioned by name but it was insinuated that he was the perpetrator behind it. Depp did seek data from the ACLU for the case to see if Amber had paid her pledge to donate $7 million from the divorce settlement.
Both the organization and Depp had a falling out over the records where the actor filed a lawsuit against the ACLU. As per the data received, Heard did not donate the amount of money pledged and only paid $1.3 million out of the $3.5 million that she promised.
As per Heard, she wanted to donate but could not because of the lack of cash because Depp sued her.