Actress Amber Heard, wife of the Pirates of the Caribbean main man Johnny Depp, pleaded guilty on Monday after providing false statement on her immigration card about bringing their Yorkshire terriers upon entering Australia.
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard attended in the court to avoid a possible 10-year imprisonment and a fine of nearly $100,000. Instead, Magistrate Magaret Callaghan gave Heard a one-month $1,000 good behavior bond. It means the she cannot commit any other offenses in Australia until May 18.
According to Heard’s lawyer, his client did not intend not to declare his pet dogs, Pistol and Boo. She thought that her assistant already prepared all the necessary documents needed before their flight and admitted that she had made a terrible mistake. However, Prosecutor Peter Callaghan said that the laws apply to everyone.
Barby Joyce, Australia’s minister of agriculture, warned the couple that if they would not take their dogs out of the country within 72 hours, they would be euthanized.
“If we start letting movie stars — even though they have been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation” with pets, said Mr. Joyce, now the deputy prime minister, via New York Times “then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody.”
Australia was known to have a strict biosecurity laws that require animals to be placed in quarantine before arriving in the country.
Here is the video of Amber Heard and Johny Depp’s public apology:
BBC News reported the Australia’s quarantine laws stating: “Live animals and plants, plant material, animal products and some food from overseas cannot be brought into the country without government permission because they can introduce some of the world’s most serious pests and diseases. Those who flout the rules face fines of more than A$66,000 ($51,000; £36,000) and risk 10 years jail. As an example of how serious it can be, in 1995 a 500km (310-mile) by 200km quarantine zone was established in northern Queensland just to control foreign fruit fly maggots.”
“Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell your firmly,” Johnny Depp, one of Hollywood’s most bankable stars, stated in the apology. “Declare everything when you enter Australia.”
Johnny Depp will have an upcoming movie that will be aired in theaters on May 26 entitled “Alice Through the Looking Glass”. Here is the movie trailer:
Depp’s famous pirate movie will have a new story where Captain Jack Sparrow will search for the trident of Poseidon. The movie is entitled “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and will be released in theaters on May 26, 2017. Here is the movie trailer:
Amber Heard will also have an upcoming movie entitled “Aquaman” that will be initially release on July 27, 2018. Here is the movie trailer:
Video courtesy: Youtube/Associated Press, Youtube/CBR Trailers, Youtube/TitusEmanuel and Youtube/DC Extended Universe