They’re calling it the “War on Terrier” in Australia as Actor Johnny Depp could be facing perjury charges after illegally transporting his ex-wife’s dogs into the country two years ago.
Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce is suggesting that government officials could re-open an investigation into whether or not Depp knew at the time that he and his then-wife Amber Heard were breaking Australian laws when they transported Heard’s two pups, Pistol and Boo, in a private jet and failed to declare them to customs officials.
When the incident took place in 2015, Joyce famously told the couple that their dogs should “bugger off back to the United States” or risk being euthanized in Australia.
Depp responded with nasty comments about Joyce’s appearance, telling talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that the Australian PM “looks somehow like [he’s] inbred with a tomato”.
After pleading guilty to falsifying her immigration papers last year, Heard was placed on a $1000 ($760) one-month good behavior bond. The couple then made an apology video that was heard in Australian court before it went viral in the court of public opinion.
Depp’s former business managers, The Management Group (TMG), have since claimed that the actor had “pressured one of his long-term employees to ‘take the fall’,” in papers obtained by People, and legal documents filed in an American court allegedly show that Depp was “fully aware” that he was breaking Australian laws when he brought the dogs into the island country without declaring them.
“If the allegation is correct, there’s a word for that – it is called perjury,” Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corp, adding, “We’re an island continent and we take biosecurity very seriously and it doesn’t matter if you think that you’re Mr. Who’s Who of Hollywood, you’re going to obey our laws.”
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