The celebrity couple found out the hard what that Australia takes its pet immigration laws seriously, despite their celebrity status.
Heard was apparently suffering from a severe case of celebrity entitlement when she filed false immigration documents last year. She traveled to the country by private jet to visit Depp. He was filming a new “Pirates of the Caribbean” at the time.
Under Australian law, she was required to declare the pets and place them in a 10-day quarantine to ensure they weren’t carrying any diseases, especially rabies, which is a problem down under.
She could have faced up to 10 years in jail. Instead, the two most serious charges of illegally importing the dogs were dropped. She was slapped with a one-month good-behavior bond, which apparently included making the public service video.
The issue blew up into an international story after Australia threatened to euthanize the dogs unless Heard squired them out of the country immediately.
She was charged after returning to the United States. There was some question whether she would return to face charges. Under a joint U.S.-Australian extradition treaty should would not have faced extradition.
But Heard and Depp agreed to face the music, apparently after some behind-the-scenes negotiations between lawyers.
For their video apology, Heard and Depp where seated in front of drab drapes and read a prepared statement. They weren’t exactly putting their heart and soul into the performance.
“Australia is a wonderful island, with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” Heard said in a halting voice.
“It has to be protected,” Depp deadpans. “When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
Heard laid off the paperwork lapse on her assistant, according to testimony during Monday hearing from her lawyer Jeremy Kirk, according to NBC News.
“She has made a tired, terrible mistake,” Kirk pleaded.
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