The ACLU also claims it was charged with pitching the op-ed to a number of outlets, with the organisation originally considering the likes of Teen Vogue and The New York Times, before settling on The Washington Post.
Gerry Johnson, another ACLU associate, can be seen discussing the opportunity to release the op-ed just before the release of Aquaman, in a bid to drum up press around Heard before the premiere.
“Since draft turned out pretty strong and Aquaman slated to do large numbers I’m wondering what you think about it?” he wrote in an email thread.
Another staffer is then alleged to have agreed that the timing of the op-ed should be published as quick as possible, “to capitalize on the tremendous campaign for Aquaman.”
Doughtery later told the court that Heard had paid just $1.3 million of the $3.5 million she agreed to donate, with her ex boyfriend Elon Musk contributing $500,000 of that amount.
It is unclear what the exact arrangement was for the money to be paid.
After agreeing on the sum, the ACLU claim they drew up a formal pledge to lock the financial deal in place, which was never signed.
“We reached out to Heard starting in 2019 for the next instalment of her giving and we learned that she was having financial difficulties,” said Dougherty.
The trial continues.