Johnny Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, could face up to 10 years in jail in Australia for smuggling the couple’s two dogs into the country illegally.
According to ABC News, Heard was charged in July for two counts of illegally importing her and Johnny Depp’s two Yorkshire terrier dogs, Pistol and Boo, on their private jet. Amber is also charged with producing a false document. The incident happened in May when the couple returned to Australia while Johnny Depp filmed the new Pirates of the Caribbean movie. Boo and Pistol were spotted at the rental mansion on the Gold Coast they were staying in at the time.
A hearing was supposed to take place on Monday, however, Amber Heard did not appear in front of the Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland and it has been adjourned to November 2. So, where was Ms. Heard? She was seen with Johnny Depp at the Venice International Film Festival who was there to premiere his new movie, Black Mass.
Australia’s Agriculture Minister, Barnaby Joyce, had stern words for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard back in July when it was discovered that the pair had smuggled the animals into the country.
“If we start letting movie stars — even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation (with pets), then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody. It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.”
According to ABC(Australia), Barnaby Joyce even threatened that the pets would be euthanized if they weren’t removed from the country within 72 hours of the discovery. The dogs were flown out of Australia within a few hours of the deadline and spared the death penalty.
Over the weekend, in Venice, Johnny Depp was snarky about the incident when asked about his pups, continuing the war of words with the Agriculture Minister, as reported by the Daily Mail.
“I killed my dogs and ate them under direct orders from some kinda, I dunno, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”
The law in Australia states that any animals being brought into the country must have a permit and be quarantined for 10 days. This is a precautionary measure to prevent diseases such as rabies from entering the country.
The fact that Amber Heard removed Boo and Pistol from Australia before the government appointed deadline could mean that she will be spared the 10-year jail sentence, but Johnny Depp’s wife could still be fined up to $102,000.
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