Johnny Depp, Amber Heard: Dog Case Saga Continues As Actress Pleads Guilty To Smuggling Pets [WATCH VIDEO]
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Amber Heard has pleaded guilty to smuggling their family dog in Australia. The actress admitted that she gave false documents to the immigration when she visited the country with their Yorkshire terriers last year. Her husband, Johnny Depp, was filming “Pirates of the Caribbean” in the country.
Heard could be potentially sent to prison for up to 10 years or fined thousands of dollars for her offense. But for now, the court has granted her a good behavior bond for one month and she will be charged $767 if she breaks this, per CNN. The Australian court did not include Johnny Depp in the charges, but he was with his wife as they faced the courts in Gold Coast.
USA Today reports that the incident stemmed in May 2015, when Depp was called off by Minister Barnaby Joyce for bringing the dogs to the country without following proper procedure. The dogs were not quarantined and they didn’t apply for the necessary permits. The couple’s assistant were supposed to have taken charge of the travel arrangements, but she had been fired and Heard owed up to the mistake.
Heard claimed she had been distracted in filling out the immigration forms, but the prosecution argued that there’s no excuse for this and celebrities are not exempted from the law.
Heard and Depp also issued a video apology to the court and the actress admitted that she knows she committed a serious crime. “If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly,” Depp supposedly said in the video. You can watch the video below:
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The Australian courts will decide on her case next Monday.