Amber Heard and Johnny Depp do a stiff PSA as she pleads guilty in dog-smuggling case
Amber Heard and Johnny Depp’s dramatic dog-smuggling case has ended on an awkward note: The couple shot a video for the Australian government delineating the reasons everyone should declare every living thing in their possession upon arrival to the continent.
Oh, she also pleaded guilty Monday to providing a false immigration document when she brought Yorkies Pistol and Boo into the country via private plane in May 2015, the Associated Press reported.
“Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique animals and people. ...,” Heard says in a terrifically serious video posted on the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ YouTube page, which also includes such hits as “Antimicrobial resistance” and “Landcare to lunchbox: the balance of food production — day 1 sesh 2 pt 1.”
(We kid, we kid — island biosecurity is important. It’s just amusing to see Hollywood types like the stars of “Pirates of the Caribbean” and “Magic Mike XXL” exude such earnestness without a gala fundraising effort attached.)
“Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world,” Heard continues. “That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws.... I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared. Protecting Australia is important.”
Depp explained, “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. If you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
That was in contrast to a comment he’d made at a Venice Film Festival news conference in September for “Black Mass.”
“I killed my dogs and ate them,” Depp had said, “under direct orders from some kind of, I don’t know, sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia.” A week later, he joked to Jimmy Kimmel that hey, “there might have been other things smuggled” and said he would “assault” Joyce if the Aussie government tried to jail his wife.
On the lesser charge, which could have brought her up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $7,650, Heard was sentenced to a one-month good behavior bond, the Associated Press said, which means that if she breaks no laws in Australia for the next month, she avoids a fine of just under $700.
Her attorney Jeremy Kirk called Heard’s actions a mistake, the Associated Press said, and said she never intended to lie on her incoming passenger card, explaining to the court that she was jet lagged and assumed her assistants had sorted out the paperwork.
Vanilla Ice, real name Robert Van Winkle, was arrested in February 2014 in Florida on suspicion of felony burglary and grand theft. The rapper-turned-DIY Network personality, who allegedly took items from an abandoned home near one he was renovating for his TV show, cut a plea deal for community service, restitution and a clean record if he behaves for nine months.(Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office / Associated Press)
Bill Cosby was charged on Dec. 30, 2015, with sexually assaulting a woman who told authorities the actor drugged and abused her at his Pennsylvania home 12 years ago. The comedian and actor was charged in Montgomery County, Pa., with aggravated indecent assault. More than 40 women have come forward to publicly accuse Cosby, 78, of assaulting them over the last 40 years.(Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office)
Actor Shia LaBeouf was arrested and charged with public intoxication after an incident in Austin, Texas. The Austin Police Department said in a news release that LaBeouf was arrested at 7:33 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, 2015. Jail records show he was booked into the Travis County Jail and released on his own recognizance.(Austin Police Department)
In this mug shot released by the U.S. Marshals Service June 15, 2011, former U.S. Senator John Edwards (D-NC) is seen. Edwards plead not guilty to charges of using campaign funds to help hide a mistress and the baby he had with her.(U.S. Marshals Service)
Mel Gibson’s booking mug after he was taken into custody in Malibu.(Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department)
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