Amber Heard Pleads Guilty to Falsifying Australian Immigration Documents

Amber Heard - P 2016
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Amber Heard - P 2016

The actress and husband Johnny Depp appeared in court after being accused of smuggling their Yorkshire terriers into Australia last year.

Actress Amber Heard, accompanied by husband Johnny Depp, has pleaded guilty to falsifying immigration documents in an Australian court on Monday, local time, after being accused of smuggling the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia last year, according to local reports.

Heard appeared at the Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland’s Gold Coast, where she was told that two charges of breaking Australia’s quarantine laws had been dropped.

The presence of Pistol and Boo in Australia caused a furor last year when then Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to deport them or have them put down.  

Heard brought the dogs into Australia on Depp’s private jet on a visit while he was filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. It was discovered that she had brought them into the country without permits or a period in quarantine, flouting Australia’s strict animal import laws.

Guardian Australia reports that providing a false document on entry under the nation’s Migration Act carries a maximum penalty of 10 years jail and a fine of AUS$117,800 ($90,200).

Heard’s lawyer Jeremy Kirk reportedly tendered video evidence the actress made in a gesture of contrition over her alleged breaches of Australia’s 108-year-old quarantine laws.

“Ms. Heard has made a video, the significance of which will become apparent … it relates to an expression of remorse and recognition of the importance of compliance with Australia’s border protection laws,” said Kirk.