Johnny Depp made yet another controversial remark about his dogs and Australian authorities days before his dog case in the country is set to be heard.
During the “Black Mass” press conference in Venice, Italy over the weekend, Depp joked that he killed his dogs and ate them after, the Guardian reported.
The actor’s remarks stemmed from the question if he would bring his dogs on a gondola ride while in Venice. The 52-year-old actor replied, “No, I killed my dogs. And ate them under direct orders from some kind of sweaty, big gutted man from Australia.”
The “Pirates of the Carribean” actor made reference to the incident in May wherein his two Yorkshire terriers were ordered to be removed from Australia after they were brought to the country illegally.
Depp also undeniably made reference to Australia’s minister for agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, as the “sweaty, big gutted man.”
In May, Joyce had said that Depp’s Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, could be euthanized if they did not “bugger off back to the US,” ABC News reported
According to the Guardian, Depp and wife, Amber Heard, brought their dogs to the country on his private jet during his filming of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.” They, however, failed to declare them, which is a violation of Australia’s quarantine laws.
The dogs were flown out of Australia before the two-day deadline Joyce had set for them, the Guardian noted.
Depp and Heard are facing biosecurity charges relating to the illegal importation of two animals and knowingly producing a false or misleading incoming passenger card.
The charges carry a maximum penalty of ten years injail and/or a fine of $102,000.
The couple is due in Southport Magistrates Court today.
“Black Mass” will hit theaters on Sept. 18 in the US. It is also scheduled to open in Australia on Sept. 17 and in UK on Nov. 27.