Would Johnny Depp go back to Australia after experiencing drama last time? As the Inquisitr reported, Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, faces possible jail time after she was accused of smuggling her pooches, Boo and Pistol, into Australia illegally. So far, Heard has been charged and was called out by the Australian minister, Barnaby Joyce, who said the dogs would have to be removed from the country or put to death.
At the time, the minister said the following.
“There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them. But if we start letting movie stars—even though they’ve been the Sexiest Man Alive twice—to come into our nation [and break the laws], then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”
— E! Online (@eonline) February 17, 2016
That said, would Depp return to Australia going through all of this trouble with his wife Amber? He just might! Depp was walking the red carpet at the Grammys when he was asked about Australia by a Sydney-based TV reporter. When asked if he still loved Australia, Depp replied, “Of course. I love Australia.” When asked if he was coming back, Depp said, “Absolutely. I think that guy, Barnaby? He invited me to stay at his house, for some reason.”
This wasn’t the first time Depp responded to the news that his wife may face jail time for breaking Australia’s rule. The last time he addressed the minister was at the Venice Film Festival back in September. At the time, he jokingly said, “No, I killed my dogs and ate them, under direct orders of some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.”
Although Depp has joked about the prime minister, the charges are incredibly serious for his wife Amber. If she is found guilty, she will spend a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and will be fined $75,000, which is $102,000 Australian dollars. Additionally, she might face another fine if she’s convicted for a false document charge.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) February 17, 2016
According to a defense attorney Bill Potts, this offense is no laughing matter.
“The seriousness of the offense is not whether two little puppies — who look like they could give you a nasty nip on the ankle — are dreadful animals, it’s about the risk to biosecurity. Was there a risk? Potentially, but not actually. And I’m sure the court will take all of those things into account.”
Although we don’t have an update on the pending trial, we do know that Heard plans to plead not guilty to the charges.
Johnny Depp was recently back in the spotlight after he took the stage for an unexpected performance with rock supergroup Hollywood Vampires, alongside Joe Perry, Alice Cooper, and Duff McKagan in a tribute to Lemmy Kilmister. Depp, who has always played music throughout his rise to fame, told USA Today that the penned song “As Bad As I Am” was a personal song for him, because he wrote it for his stepfather, Robert Palmer, who passed away back in 2000.
He went on to explain that the song was a toast to his stepfather, who he described as “this really cool guy” and a “rounder” who spent half of his life in prison in Illinois.
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