Johnny Depp Joins Amber Heard in Awkward Apology Video After Australia Dog Debacle
Johnny Depp and wife Amber Heard appeared in an Australia court, where Heard pleaded guilty to illegally bring her dogs into the country.
Amber Heard was joined by husband Johnny Depp to record an extremely awkward video apology ahead of Heard's court appearance for illegally importing her dogs to Australia.
The Hollywood couple submitted the video on Monday before Heard, 29, entered a guilty plea to providing a false immigration document.
"Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique animals, plants and people,” Heard said in the video with Depp at her side.
"It has to be protected," Depp added. "And when you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
The odd video tribute to Australia's biodiversity was part of the penance the actress has had to pay after she flew a private jet into Australia's Gold Coast with her two Yorkshire Terriers, reports the New York Times.
Australia has strict biosecurity laws that require pets to be declared and quarantined before entering the country.
Heard did neither. Her lawyer later said Heard believed Depp's assistants had handled the paperwork and blamed her own sleep-deprivation and exhaustion for the oversight.
Three weeks into their stay, as Depp was filming the next installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise last April, the pooches came to the attention of the Australian government.
In May, the Minister of Agriculture at the time threatened to euthanize the dogs if they were not removed from the country within 72 hours.
“I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared,” Ms. Heard said in the video. “Protecting Australia is important.”
Had prosecutors not dropped the more serious charges of illegal importation, Heard would have faced up to 10 years in prison, in addition to thousands in fines.
Magistrate Bernadette Callaghan sentenced Heard instead to a one-month good behavior bond.
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