Amber Heard‘s defamation trial against Johnny Depp may be over – for now – but her legal battles are not completely finished.
The ill-fated trip Heard, 36, and Depp, 59, made to Australia in 2015 featured heavily in both actors’ testimonies in the Virginia trial, which ended earlier this monthand is currently the subject of a separate ongoing perjury investigation against the Aquaman star, according to Entertainment Tonight.
You may remember Heard and Depp became infamous Down Under after the former couple illegally smuggled her Yorkshire Terriers Pistol and Boo into Australia during that trip – but it’s okay if you’ve forgotten, because the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment certainly has not.
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“The Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (department) is investigating allegations of perjury by Ms. Heard during court proceedings for the 2015 illegal import of [her] two dogs into Australia,” a spokesperson from the department told the publication in a statement.
According to the publication, the spokesperson confirmed in the statement that the case is still “ongoing.”
Heard and Depp, who were married at the time, traveled to Australia in May 2015, and Heard brought Pistol and Boo with her – but she failed to declare them, which violated Australia’s customs and required 10-day quarantine policy.
Two months later, Heard was officially charged with two counts of illegally importing her animals, and the case was closed after she later pleaded guilty in a Queensland court of falsifying quarantine documents, copping a $1000 fine.
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In September 2015, Depp said on Jimmy KimmelLive! that the couple “were under the impression we had all the paperwork done for the dogs.”
“We were there with the dogs in front of everybody,” he said.
The former couple issued a video apology for the incident in April 2016, within which Heard said she was “truly sorry” for breaking the rules by failing to declare the dogs.
One month later, however, Depp appeared on Jimmy KimmelLive! againthis time saying that Barnaby Joyce – who was the Minister for Agriculture at the time of the incident and led the public condemnation of the Hollywood pair and also told them the dogs needed to “bugger off back to the United States” with a warning them would be euthanised if not – “looks somehow inbred with a tomato.”
Depp also publicly mocked his own dog apology videoand in December 2021, Heard welcomed a new dog to her family – called Barnaby Joyce.
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Although the case is closed, it emerged last year that an investigation was actually still underway, six years later.
A spokesperson for the department told AND! news in October 2021 in a statement that “the department is seeking to obtain witness statements.”
“Once obtained,” the statement continued, “the Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions will consider whether the evidence is sufficient to warrant pursuance of the matter.”
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