Saturday 10 December 2016

Depp’s wife summoned to appear in court over dog row

Jonathan Pearlman in Sydney

Published 16/07/2015 | 02:30

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, who has been ordered to appear at an Australian court in September. Photo: PA
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, who has been ordered to appear at an Australian court in September. Photo: PA

Amber Heard, the actress and wife of Johnny Depp, has been issued with a summons to appear in court in Australia for unlawfully bringing the couple’s two pet dogs into the country on a private jet.

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The Commonwealth director of public prosecutions ordered Heard (29) to appear at a court in the Gold Coast in the state of Queensland on September 7 over three charges under Australia’s strict quarantine laws, including two counts of illegal importation of an animal and one count of producing a false document.

The apparent smuggling of the dogs – Pistol and Boo – prompted an ultimatum from Barnaby Joyce, an outspoken government minister, who at the time threatened to have the pair of Yorkshire terriers killed within 50 hours.

“It’s time that Pistol and Boo b******* off back to the United States,” he said.

The couple returned to California with the dogs before the ultimatum expired. But the saga appears far from over.

Prosecutors will reportedly allege that Heard falsified her passenger arrival card to conceal the two dogs when she and Depp arrived earlier this year in Queensland, where he was filming ‘Pirates of the Caribbean 5’. Heard said last month that she planned to avoid Australia, though she visited weeks later to see her husband. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Telegraph.co.uk

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