Amber Heard has already made it clear that she and Johnny Depp planned to “avoid” Australia after the fiasco of them allegedly bringing their dogs into the country illegally. Now she probably really doesn’t want to return Down Under: she’s been charged with illegally smuggling her two terriers with Johnny into the country.
Amber was charged with two counts of illegally importing her two dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia as well as one count of producing a false document. The importation charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of $102,000 Australian dollars (which amounts to $75,000 US dollars). Amber could get up to one year in prison and a fine of $10,200 Australian dollars (which is about $7,500 US dollars). These Aussies mean business!
Amber was issued an order to appear in a Queensland court on September 7. I wonder if she’ll go? I can’t see her actually facing jail time for this, but I wouldn’t be shocked if she ended up writing out a good-sized check over this. This is likely a lot more trouble than following whatever procedures they have to legally bring dogs into the country. It sounds like the Aussie authorities really want to make a point that celebrities don’t get special treatment Down Under. As Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said at the time:
If we start letting movie stars — even though they’ve been the sexiest man alive twice — to come into our nation (with pets), then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”
He’s got a good point there. When asked if he worried that charging Amber would make Australia look “mean,” he said:
The law is the same for everybody. There is no preferential treatment here. You come into our nation, you have to abide biosecurity protocols.”
That’s how it should be, right? It’ll be interesting to see how all of this works out.
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