Depp wife seeks to dodge her court date
JOHNNY Depp’s dogs have had their day in court.
Or rather, lawyers representing his Hollywood starlet’s wife Amber Heard have.
Heard was scheduled to face Southport Magistrates Court yesterday over the now infamous allegation she smuggled Depp’s dogs Boo and Pistol into Australia earlier this year.
However, she was nowhere to be seen, instead instructing international law firm Ashurst to handle the case for her.
Council assisting Ashurst, Paula Morreau, asked for Heard to be excused from appearing in person.
The beauty had been photographed in Italy over the weekend where she was attending the Venice Film Festival with her husband.
In court, Ms Morreau asked for an adjournment of two months to allow further discussions with prosecutors.
The case will return to court in November.
Heard faces allegations of illegally importing the two dogs, in contravention of the Quarantine Act.
Her legal team did not stop to talk to reporters outside the court and did not indicate if she was planning to enter a plea.
The story made international headlines in May when it was discovered the dogs had allegedly been smuggled into the country, bypassing strict quarantine laws.
Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce famously issued the celebrity dogs an ultimatum to either get out of the country or face death by lethal injection. They departed soon after on a private jet.
The dogs again became the centre of attention last weekend in Venice when Depp was asked if he would take his prized pooches on a gondola ride in the canal city.
He joked that he had killed and eaten the pets at the orders of a “sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia”.