Johnny Depp has made a significant donation to the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation.
The actor, 59, has donated nearly $800,000 USD ($1,173,548 AUD) to various charities through the sale of NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
Depp’s NFT community called Never Fear Truth has split the donations between the Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation, the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity, the Footprint Coalition and the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.
NFTs are described as ‘a digital asset that represents real-world objects like art, music, in-game items and videos’ and are bought and sold online, frequently with cryptocurrency,’ according to Forbes.
Depp’s Never Fear Truth NFT community allows him to sell artwork with his fans.
In a tweet on July 6, Depp’s NFT community announced they had donated $800,000 (USD) in total to various charities.
Perth Children’s Hospital Foundation thanked the actor’s NFT community for their generosity in a tweet on July 7.
‘Thank you so much for your generosity in helping support @PCHFWA and WA sick kids. These funds will make a significant impact in helping keep @PerthChildrens world-class for our children and families.’
The donation comes after a bombshell trial that saw Depp sue his ex-wife Amber Heard, 36, for $50million over a 2018 piece she had written that alleged she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Heard countersued him for $100million, claiming that Depp’s lawyer Adam Waldman made defamatory statements by calling her claims a ‘hoax’.
Depp won the suit and was awarded $15million — $10million in compensation and $5million in punitive damages.
Heard won just one of her three countersuit claims, which related to statements made by Depp’s lawyer suggesting she and friends had trashed their apartment before calling the police out.
She was awarded $2million in compensatory damages out of the $100million she was seeking in her countersuit against her ex-husband and received zero dollars in punitive damages.
The judge later reduced Depp’s $5million punitive damages award to the Virginia maximum of $350,000, reducing Depp’s total to $10,350,000 – minus the $2million he was ordered to pay Heard.
It means Depp walks away from the case with $8.35million.
He chose not to hear the verdict in person, which was announced at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia last month.
Instead he went out for drinks with Beck and fellow musician Sam Fender at The Bridge Tavern pub in Newcastle, before returning to the stage to support the English guitarist on tour the following day.
Depp won the suit and was awarded $15million — $10million in compensation and $5million in punitive damages. The judge later reduced Depp’s $5million punitive damages award to the Virginia maximum of $350,000, reducing Depp’s total to $10,350,000 – minus the $2million he was ordered to pay Heard