It looks like Australia has finally forgiven Amber Heard and Johnny Depp for flouting their anti-quarantine laws, and if there’s any doubt about whether the celebrity couple have learnt their lesson, their video apology says it all.
The couple were back in Oz last week for Heard to face two charges of illegal importation (for bringing her two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Queensland last year) and one charge for producing a false document. The charges were dropped after Heard pleaded guilty to supplying false documents, and she was let off with a $1,000 one-month good-behaviour bond as a sentence.
After it was discovered that the couple hadn't complied with Australia's anti-quarantine laws, the minister for agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, told Depp he had 50 hours to get the dogs off Australian soil or they would be euthanised. At one point it was also reported that Depp (who was initially thought to be responsible for the dogs) could face 10 years in prison. So yes, this was a big deal.
It appears that part of being let off the hook was a public apology, which came by way of a fairly sombre video, posted to now Deputy Prime Minister Joyce’s Facebook page. We definitely don't get the impression this was Depp and Heard's idea.
The video caption reads, "Depp and Heard make a public statement highlighting the importance of biosecurity in Australia. The consequences of a disease outbreak could have been terrifying. We can’t take the risk."
Heard begins by saying, "Australia is a wonderful island filled with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people."
"It has to be protected," adds her husband.
Depp goes on to say, "When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly."
"I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared," said Heard.
"Declare everything when you enter Australia," was Depp's closing comment.
Here's the apology in full:
We're not alone in thinking it makes for pretty excruciating viewing.
Johnny Depp's dogs have issued a statement dissociating themselves from his apology video.— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) April 18, 2016
I'm not sure about that new Johnny Depp and Amber Heard movie if I'm honest. Maybe the sequel will be better.— Tony Shepherd (@tonysheps) April 18, 2016
Johnny Depp Dog Apology's new one is quite good but I prefer their earlier EPs.— keri (@kerihw) April 18, 2016
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