Depp OK, summons for wife
HO L L Y W O O D su p e r s t a r Johnny Depp has avoided charges over the illegal importation of his pet dogs Boo and Pistol, but wife Amber Heard will have to return to Australia to face court.
The Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions issued Heard, 29, a summons on Tuesday to attend Southport Magistrates Court in Queensland over the incident.
Heard ( below) will face two charges of illegal importation and one of producing a false document – the incoming passenger card.
The offences carry a maximum penalty of 10 years’ jail and a $ 100,000 fine.
Heard and Depp made international headlines in May after they allegedly smuggled their dogs into the country, potentially posing a biosecurity risk as the US is not rabies- free.
Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said Boo and Pistol needed to “bugger off home” or face being euthanased.
He issued a 48- hour notice for the Yorkshire terriers to leave and they were flown out on a private jet.
They were discovered after Heard organised a dog grooming session on the Gold Coast, where Depp was filming a Pirates of the Caribbean movie.
Heard said after the ordeal that she was unlikely ever to return to Australia. However, she is now with Depp again on the Gold Coast.
A spokesman for Mr Joyce confirmed the summons had been issued yesterday.
“Because the matter is before the court we have no further comment,” he said.