Actor Johnny Depp has shown no regret for violating Queensland’s anti-smoking laws in court premises where his wife was presented for a hearing over the dog smuggling matter in Australia.

According to the Daily Mail, Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, was presented before the Southport Magistrates Court for a hearing when the actor took a brief break and smoked on the court’s balcony along with his wife. Smoking in such respectable premises is not an appropriate activity, but a senior courthouse spokesman told the media outlet that Johnny Depp was allowed to do so because he was a public figure. There was a large crowd outside the court and hence the actor was allowed to smoke in the court, according to reports.

“In this instance, Mr. Depp was authorised to smoke by a member of the courthouse staff,” the spokesman said. “This was at the request of Mr. Depp’s security personnel who were concerned his welfare should he leave the building, due to the extraordinary public interest in today’s proceedings. The situation is being reviewed and courthouse staff will be reminded of their obligations. Mr. Depp acted in good faith and no further action is anticipated.”

In May 2015, Heard did not declare that her dogs Pistol and Boo were accompanying her to Australia in a private jet during her visit to the actor’s set for the shoot of the latest installment in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise. This was one of the most talked about issues of the time. Depp accompanied his wife to the Australian court for the hearing of this matter on Monday when he grabbed attention for not complying with the anti-smoking laws in Queensland. Both the actor and his wife apologised for their deed.

CNN reported that the court found Heard guilty for the intentional production of misleading documents but the other two charges of illegal import of her dogs to Australia were dismissed.