Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

NewsTimes.co.ukNewsTimes.co.uk

ENTERTAINMENT

Johnny Depp’s dogs: Wife Heard charged with smuggling

Johnny Depp’s wife, actress Amber Heard, has been charged with illegally smuggling dogs into Australia.

Ms Heard came under fire for failing to declare Pistol and Boo, the couple’s Yorkshire terriers, to authorities on their arrival in Brisbane in April.

This week she was charged with two counts of illegally importing the dogs into Australia and one count of producing a false document.

Penalties range from a hefty fine to more than 10 years in prison.

Ms Heard, the star of Friday Night Lights and Magic Mike XXL, has been issued with a summons to appear in a Queensland court on 7 September, the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions said on Thursday.

Under importation charges, the actress could face a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of 102,000 Australian dollars (£48,000).

The false document charge, which relates to information given on an incoming passenger card, carries a penalty of up to one year in prison and a fine of AU$10,200 (£4,800).

null
Amber Heard could face more than 10 years in jail for her combined offences

The prosecutor’s office would not answer questions about why Mr Depp was not charged, citing the ongoing nature of the case.

Australia has strict animal quarantine laws to prevent importing infections such as Rabies.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Boo and Pistol are understood to have arrived in the country on board Mr Depp’s private jet in April this year. The star had been filming the fifth film in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise on Australia’s Gold Coast.

Though undeclared on arrival, the dogs came to public attention when they became “film stars on Facebook”, after they were photographed attending a dog grooming salon.

At the time, a minister said the dogs would be put down if they stayed.

“It’s time Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce said.

Mr Joyce said he didn’t care if Mr Depp had been voted the “sexiest man alive”, he still had to adhere to quarantine rules.

The dogs left the country unharmed a few days later.

A Department of Agriculture officer escorted the pair from the couple’s mansion on Queensland’s Gold Coast to the airport, where the dogs boarded a flight to the US hours before the deadline.

Asked about the charges during an interview with Sky News, Mr Joyce suggested Ms Heard would not be getting any special treatment.

“You, I, everybody – we’re equal before the law,’” he said.

Advertisement. Scroll to continue reading.

Ms Heard previously criticised the way the case had been handled, and suggested she would not return to the country.

“I have a feeling we’re going to avoid the land Down Under from now on, just as much as we can, thanks to certain politicians there,” she told Australia’s Channel7 News.

“I guess everyone tries to go for their 15 minutes, including some government officials.”

It not known whether Ms Heard will appear to answer the charges in person. Representatives for Mr Depp and his wife have yet to comment.

Source: https://www.bbc.com

You May Also Like

UK NEWS

Professing to be the lead in Thai relationship with over 1.5 million enrolled single people, Cupid Media’s ThaiCupid brings the one in every of...

WORLD NEWS

An exclusive article form Orestis Karipis In the 1930’s and 1940’s acid was the weapon of deceived husbands and wives in the Western world...

UK NEWS

Read more about switzerland women here. Swiss ladies and men are not reknown for being the most chatty, outgoing or spontaneous when meeting strangers...

FOOD TIPS

In food, if there is one thing you can say without fear of contradiction, it is this: Britain loves burgers. The UK market is...

Copyright © 2020 NewsTimes.co.uk All Rights Reserved