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Amber Heard Narrowly Escapes Jail Time for Smuggling Dogs

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By Christian Webster - - 5 Mins Read
Amber Heard and former husband Johnny Depp pose for a picture
Amber Heard and her ex-husband Johnny Depp | Shutterstock

American Actress Amber Heard Almost Got Jailed for Secretary Smuggling Pet Dog in Australia.


In 2015, Amber Heard and her then-husband, Johnny Depp, flew to Australia in a chartered jet to film the fifth movie series of Pirates of the Caribbean and sneaked in a pet dog despite the law that was against such an act. 


Amber Heard pleaded guilty to the allegations earlier in 2016 at the Magistrates Court of Southport in Australia to providing false immigration documents when they brought the dogs into Australia in a chartered jet.


The Prosecutors drugged up more severe charges, claiming that Heard intentionally imported the dogs illegally, which carries the consequence of a 10-year jail sentence.


The couple was caught in the web of highly prolific security trolling but somehow got away with the offense, claiming they were unaware of the law.


Eight years later, Australian persecutors dropped the case and presented it as a criminal allegation before the judge. However, the Director of Commonwealth Public Prosecutions for Australia Department of Agriculture, the management for biosecurity, still decided not to prosecute the 37-year-old actress for going against the nation's security regulations.


According to the department's statement, prosecution action will not be carried out against Heard for allegations of illegally importing two pet dogs.


There was also a false documentation charge with a penalty of one year in prison and a fine worth more than 10,000 Australian dollars ($7,650). 


Bernadette Callaghan, the Magistrate in charge of the case, sentenced Heard to a bond of one-month good behavior report instead, which she would be sued to pay a fine of AU$1,000 if found guilty of committing any offense through the next month in Australia.


In court, Amber Heard's lawyer, Jeremy Kirk, defended her by stating that she did not intentionally lie on her passenger card. According to Kirk, she forgot to mention that she was traveling with animals. He explained that Amber was exhausted and suffering from jetlag and believed her assistants had already handled the necessary paperwork.

Amber Heard having a nice time with her daughter
Instagram | Amber Heard

But one of Depp's former employees, Kevin Murphy, divulged that Amber had been warned several times that she was not allowed to import dogs to Australia. But she was adamant and insisted on taking the dogs with her. 

Amber And Johnny Depp's Love Story 

According to the news, Amber and Johnny Depp met on a movie set in 2009 while filming "Rum Diary." 

Depp starred as a journalist named Paul Kemp, while Amber played Chenault, a woman who was already engaged to another man, but Kemp immediately fell in love as soon as he saw her.

In an interview with Vogue magazine in 2011, Amber Heard said, "I thought it would be a torture to work with Johnny. But it was way better than I ever imagined."

The couple later filed for a divorce In 2017 owing to allegations that Johnny domestically abused his former wife. Amber, after the divorce, had relocated to Madrid, quitting Hollywood in the process.