Nearly a year after illegally smuggling their dogs into Australia, Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, have come forward to apologize for their controversial action. See their somber apology video right here!
Johnny Depp, 52, and Amber Heard, 29, are clearly feeling terrible about what they did on their trip to Australia! After failing to properly bring their two terriers into the country in May 2015, the couple issued an apology video declaring that what they did was both wrong and hurtful to Australians and their country as a whole.
Sitting side by side, Johnny and Amber pensively look into the camera as they begin their plea. “Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people,” Amber said. Johnny quickly adds, “It has to be protected.”
Amber goes on to explain that the country is free of many pests and diseases that are common around the world, which is why the Australian government is so strict about letting animals into the country. “I’m truly sorry Pistol and Boo were not declared,” she closes. “Protecting Australia is important.”
The famous spouses filmed the video for the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, the government branch that monitors the country’s biosecurity. Their apology comes after Amber pleaded guilty to knowingly producing a false or misleading document. She was dismissed for the other two charges of illegally importing her dogs.
Their debacle began in May 2015, when Australia’s Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce accused Johnny of secretly sneaking Amber’s terriers onto his private jet when he went to the country to film the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean installment. Amber and Johnny were given 72 hours to send Pistol and Boo back to the United States upon the accusation, otherwise their pups would be euthanized.
Although the dogs were sent home before the 72-hour deadline was up, Amber and Johnny still got in some major trouble for their dog smuggling — but Amber’s punishment wasn’t nearly what it could’ve been. If the Australian court had convicted her, the actress could’ve faced up to 10 years in prison! Issuing a serious apology video doesn’t seem like such a bad consequence huh?
Judging by their video, Amber and Johnny learned a lot from their major mistake. But Johnny’s final statement in the video was likely their biggest takeaway from the legal battle: “Declare everything when you enter Australia.”
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