Saturday 25 November 2017

Depp could face perjury charges in Australia

Johnny Depp. Photo: Yui Mok/PA
Johnny Depp. Photo: Yui Mok/PA

Dean Gray

Australia's deputy prime minister has threatened US actor Johnny Depp with perjury charges in a new instalment of the "war on terrier".

The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star and then-wife Amber Heard failed to declare their dogs to Australian customs after arriving by private jet in 2015. Heard escaped conviction and the pair released an unusual apology video.

But legal documents filed in a US court allegedly show Depp was "fully aware" he was breaking Australian laws.

His former business managers, The Management Group (TMG), claimed the actor had "pressured one of his long-term employees to 'take the fall'," in papers obtained by 'People'.

Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce subsequently hinted that the government may reinvestigate Depp.

"If the allegation is correct, there's a word for that - it is called perjury," Mr Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corp. "It doesn't matter if you think that you're Mr Who's Who of Hollywood, you're going to obey our laws."

Irish Independent

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