Amber Heard is still under investigation in Australia for perjury after illegally bringing her dogs into the country seven years ago.
As she battles her ex-husband in a Virginia court, Amber Heard remains under investigation for perjury in Australia for illegally bringing her and Johnny Depp’s dogs to the country, authorities recently confirmed.
A spokesman for Australia’s Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment told news.com.au the department “is investigating allegations of perjury by Ms Heard during court proceedings for the 2015 illegal importation of (her) two dogs into Australia”.
“As the matter is ongoing, the department cannot make any further comment,” the spokesman said.
Meanwhile, legal experts told the Daily Mail there’s a possibility the 36-year-old actress could also face a perjury probe in the UK, since she admitted to the Fairfax, Virginia court that she did not donate her entire $7 million divorce settlement to charity – and previously told the UK high court she had. No such investigation has been confirmed, the New York Post reports.
The Australia case is tied to an infamous 2015 incident in which the then-couple landed in hot water after Heard brought their two dogs with her when she visited Depp as he filmed the fifth instalment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise.
Heard allegedly said “no” on her immigration form when asked if she needed to declare any animals.
The couple was told in May 2015 they could either get the dogs out of the country, or Aussie officials would put down the pups, named Pistol and Boo, since they were not quarantined for 10 days before arriving.
“Just because he’s Johnny Depp does not mean he’s exempt from Australian law,” said the agriculture minister at the time, Barnaby Joyce. “There is a process if you want to bring animals – you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them … It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States.”
The couple filmed an apology video about the incident, in which Heard blamed jet lag and an error in communication, while saying she was preoccupied by a finger injury Depp suffered two months prior.
The dog incident has not come up in her current case in Virginia, but was mentioned at length during Depp’s failed UK libel case against The Sun for branding him a “wife-beater”.
Depp’s former manager told the UK high court in the actor’s 2020 trial that Heard asked him to lie under oath about the pooch saga and take the fall.
Heard previously pleaded guilty and paid a $1000 fine over the incident, as an Aussie judge released her under the condition of one month of good behaviour.
The actress made light of the situation in 2021, saying she named her new dog Barnaby Joyce – after the politician who came down harshly on her and Depp.
– With wires
This article originally appeared on the New York Post and was reproduced with permission
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