Amber heard‘s defamation lawsuit against Johnny Depp may be over – for now — but her legal battle isn’t quite over yet.
The ill-fated trip Heard, 36, and Depp, 59, made to Australia in 2015 heavily seen in the testimonials of both actors in the trial in Virginia, that ended earlier this monthand is currently the subject of a separate ongoing perjury investigation against the Aquarius star, according to entertainment tonight†
You may remember Heard and Depp becoming infamous Down Under after the former couple illegally smuggled her Yorkshire Terriers Pistol and Boo into Australia on that trip – but don’t worry if you forgot, because the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment certainly hasn’t.
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“The Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment (Department) is investigating allegations of perjury by Ms Heard during legal proceedings for the illegal importation in 2015 of [her] two dogs entered Australia,” a department spokesperson said in a statement to the publication.
According to the publication, the spokesperson confirmed in the statement that the case is still “ongoing”.
Heard and Depp, then married, traveled to Australia in May 2015, and Heard brought Pistol and Boo with them – but she failed to declare them, which violated Australian customs and required a 10-day quarantine policy.
Two months later, Heard was officially charged with two charges of illegally importing her animals, and the case was closed after she was later pleaded guilty in a Queensland court for falsifying quarantine documents and being fined $1,000.
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In September 2015, Depp said on: Jimmy Kimmel Live! that the couple was “impressed that we had done all the paperwork for the dogs.”
“We were there with the dogs in front of everyone,” he said.
The former couple offered a video apology for the incident in April 2016, in which Heard said she was “truly sorry” for breaking the rules by not declaring the dogs.
However, a month later Depp appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! againthis time, he said that Barnaby Joyce – who was the Secretary of Agriculture at the time of the incident and led the public denunciation of the Hollywood couple and also told them the dogs should “go back to the United States” with a warning that she’d be euthanized if she didn’t — “seems inbred with a tomato somehow.”
Depp too publicly mocked his own dog apology videoand in December 2021, Heard welcomed a new dog into her family – named Barnaby Joyce.
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Although the case has been closed, it turned out last year that an investigation is actually still ongoing, six years later.
A spokesperson for the department said: AND! news in October 2021 in a statement that “the department is seeking witness statements”.
“Once obtained,” the statement continued, “the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions will consider whether the evidence is sufficient to prosecute the case.”
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