Amber Heard investigated for allegations of perjury in Australia after Johnny Depp trial loss
Amber Heard’s legal troubles continue after losing libel suit against Johnny Depp as she is investigated over MENEDEN allegations in Australia following the 2015 dog smuggling
Amber Heard may face another legal battle in Australia after losing her high-profile defamation lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp earlier this month.
She is the subject of an ‘ongoing’ perjury investigation in Australia in connection with legal proceedings arising from her infamous visit to Queensland with Depp in 2015.
The couple, who were in the country while Depp filmed Pirates of the Caribbean 5, violated Australia’s strict quarantine and biosecurity laws by failing to declare their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, upon their arrival from the US.
The 36-year-old Aquaman actress was charged with two charges of illegally importing the animals in July of that year, but the case was closed when she pleaded guilty to forging travel documents in a Gold Coast court in April 2016. ET Canada†
Amber Heard (left) faces another legal battle in Australia after losing her libel lawsuit against ex-husband Johnny Depp (right). Pictured in Toronto, Canada, on September 14, 2015
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment said on Tuesday it is “investigating allegations of perjury by Ms Heard during legal proceedings for the 2015 illegal importation of [her] two dogs to Australia.’
The spokesperson confirmed that the matter was “ongoing”.
At the time of her admission of guilt in 2016, Heard and Depp also recorded a video apology in which she expressed regret for her actions.
The images were widely mocked on social media and some fans said the couple looked like they had been kidnapped and held for ransom.
The Aquaman actress, 36, is the subject of an ‘ongoing’ perjury investigation in Australia over legal proceedings arising from her visit to Queensland with Depp in 2015 when the pair violated Australian biosafety laws by using their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo not to declare. † (Heard and Depp can be seen out of court on the Gold Coast on April 18, 2016)
Heard was charged twice in July of that year for illegally importing the animals, but the case was closed when she pleaded guilty to falsifying travel documents in April 2016. She and Depp also recorded an apology video (pictured) in which she expressed regret for her actions
Heard has been ordered to pay Depp $10.35 million after a Virginia court found that she defamed the 59-year-old actor by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in an op-ed she wrote.
Judge Penney Azcarate also ordered Depp to pay Heard $2 million.
The injunction was a formality after the jury announced its verdict on June 1, largely siding with Depp after a sensational six-week trial in which the couple revealed gruesome details of their brief marriage during televised proceedings that were closely followed on social media.
The Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and Environment said on Tuesday it is “investigating allegations of perjury by Ms Heard during legal proceedings for the 2015 illegal importation of [her] two dogs to Australia.’ The spokesperson confirmed that the matter was “ongoing”. (Pictured: Heard outside a Fairfax, Virginia, court on May 27)
Depp sued Heard, who he was married to from 2015 to 2017, for a piece she wrote in December 2018 in The Washington Post describing herself as “a public figure who represents domestic violence.”
The jury ruled in favor of Depp on all three of his allegations related to specific statements in the 2018 piece.
The jury ruled that Depp would receive $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages, but the judge reduced the damages to $350,000 under a state limit.
Heard faced two counts of knowingly importing a banned product into the country. (Pictured: the Yorkshire terriers at the center of the incident, Pistol and Boo)
Heard has said he plans to appeal the verdict.
During Friday’s hearing, the judge said that if Heard appeals, she will have to pay bail for the full amount of US$10.35 million while the appeal is pending – a common practice.
According to the judge’s order, six percent interest per year is payable on both prizes.
Heard must pay Depp $10.35 million after a US court found she defamed the 59-year-old actor by describing herself as a victim of domestic violence in an op-ed she wrote