Amber Heard is in Australia for her day in court because of earlier charges for smuggling her two dogs into the country on a private jet. The actress arrived in the country days before the trial with her husband, Johnny Depp.
Heard pled guilty to the falsification of immigration documents while the court dropped the two illegal importation charges against her, Skynews reported.
Skynews recalled how the incident made headlines then. Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce issued a statement at the time for the dogs to go home or “bugger off” because otherwise, he would have them put down. However, his statement was met by a petition to save Johnny Depp’s dogs from euthanasia. More than 4,000 people signed up to support it, Channel 4 reported.
A video prepared by Amber Heard was presented by her lawyer to the court, Skynews revealed. The court was adjourned until 11 a.m. for magistrate Bernadette Callaghan to read the case documents.
The four-day trial date at the Southport Magistrates Court was set last December. ABC revealed then that Heard’s lawyer requested to have the documents of the court date petition sealed. The said documents included the list of twelve witnesses invited to provide evidence. Depp is speculated to be on the list, ABC noted.
Magistrate Joan White was said to be amused by the letter of request for discretion. “They don’t want to be disruptive to the court,” she said after reading it.
The incident took place in May when Heard visited Depp on the set of his latest movie, “Pirates of the Caribbean 5,” where she brought along their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo. Authorities only found out about it when their Gold Coast dog-grooming salon visit was publicised. Amber Heard allegedly failed to declare her dogs’ arrival to customs.
Despite rumours of marriage problems, the couple arrived together at the courthouse. Depp acknowledged reporters’ questions with a simple comment of “Fine, thank you.” Regardless of their current legal dilemma, Johnny Depp maintains his love for Australia.
“Of course. I love Australia. Absolutely. I think that guy, Barnaby? He invited me to stay at his house, for some reason,” Depp stated.