When it rains it pours for Hollywood actress Amber Heard whose legal woes keep piling up.
The 36-year-old film star, who this week formally announced that she’ll be appealing the defamation verdict against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, is also being investigated by officers in Australia for a case of perjury.
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AMBER HEARD IS BEING INVESTIGATED
According to the Daily Mail, Heard is the subject of an ongoing perjury investigation about court proceedings from her drama-filled visit to Queensland with Depp in 2015.
The visit, which came up several times during the defamation trial in Virginia, took place when Depp filmed Pirates of the Caribbean 5. As per reports, the couple broke Australia’s strict quarantine and biosecurity laws by failing to declare their Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, after flying in from the United States.
As a result, the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment (ADAWE) revealed on Tuesday 28 June that it was “investigating allegations of perjury by Ms Heard during court proceedings for the 2015 illegal importation of her two dogs into Australia.”
“There is a process if you want to bring animals — you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you can have them … It’s time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,” ADAWE added.
THE COUPLE’S GUILTY PLEA
In 2016 the couple filmed an apology video about the incident. In it, Heard blamed jet lag and an error in communication. She also said she was preoccupied with a finger injury Depp suffered two months prior — New York Post reports.
The outlet also reported that Heard pleaded guilty and paid a $1,000 (R16 200) fine over the incident, as an Aussie judge released her under the condition of one month of good behaviour.
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AMBER HEARD TO APPEAL DEFAMATION VERDICT
Reports of Heard’s perjury case come a few days after Amber Heard announced that she is going to appeal the verdict in her Johnny Depp defamation trial.
Depp sued Heard for $50 million (R800 million) for implying he abused her in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed. Although the Aquaman actress didn’t name him, he claimed her allegations impacted his ability to work. In turn, Heard pursued a $100m (R1.6 billion) counterclaim.
After a six-week legal battle between the former Hollywood power couple, a US jury awarded Depp more than $10 million (around R160 million) in damages for defamation, in contrast to just $2 million (R32 million) for Heard who had counter-sued.
Last Friday, the actress’ attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, reiterated the desire to appeal in court in Fairfax, West Virginia.
According to Deadline, Judge Penney Azcarate told the lawyer that Heard would have to put up an $8.35million (R136 million) bond. The legal teams of the two actors reportedly had a meeting on Friday, but it is not clear if they discussed a settlement. Judge Azcarate said they have until this Friday 1 July to decide if that is the option they will take.