Popular Hollywood actor Johnny Depp may be facing some legal trouble soon, and it actually has nothing to do with his recent threat — some would say a poor joke — calling for the assassination of President Donald Trump.
Instead, it was Australian law that he may have run afoul of a couple of years ago, which was revealed via the court filings that have come to light in his bitter legal battle with a former money management firm, which now could see Depp charged with perjury in the Land Down Under, according to the BBC.
Readers may recall there was a bit of controversy in 2015 when Depp and then-wife Amber Heard were accused of smuggling their two Yorkshire terrier dogs, Pistol and Boo, into Australia on their private jet in violation of the island nation’s strict quarantine laws for animals designed to keep out foreign diseases to which native animals would be especially susceptible.
At the time, Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce warned Depp, Heard and the pups to “bugger off back to the United States” or else the dogs would be euthanized. Depp complied, but later mocked Joyce by calling him a “sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia,” among other choice insults.
But now Depp could be in trouble for lying to Australian authorities about the matter, which he had characterized as little more than a mistake and misunderstanding, as court documents filed by The Management Group revealed that Depp was “fully aware” that he was violating Australian law at the time, according to People.
The document claimed that Depp was “fully aware that he was illegally bringing his dogs to Australia” in May 2015 to begin filming for his latest installment in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” film series.
“Depp falsely claimed to authorities and in public press interviews that the incident was a big misunderstanding because he supposedly believed his staff had obtained the necessary paperwork,” the legal filing continued. When Depp’s dogs were discovered, he allegedly “pressured one of his long-term employees to ‘take the fall’.”
Depp was never charged in the matter, but it was actually Heard who ultimately took the fall for the crime, pleading guilty in 2016 to making a false statement on her immigration paperwork and paying a $1,000 fine in order to avoid a potential 10-year prison sentence and much larger fine if the incident had been fully prosecuted.
Depp was once one of the biggest up-and-coming stars in Hollywood and once worth an estimated $350 million in his personal fortune, but is now teetering facing a personal life in shambles, his divorce from Heard was an expensive, humiliating mess, and his out-of-control spending has left the him on the brink of financial ruin.
Trouble with the law down under at the point could be an international disaster for the troubled actor.
And now in light of this new information, Joyce has suggested that he may once again take a look into the matter, according to the U.K. Independent.
“If the allegation is correct, there’s a word for that – it is called perjury,” Joyce told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. “We’re an island continent and we take biosecurity very seriously, and it doesn’t matter if you think that you’re Mr. Who’s Who of Hollywood, you’re going to obey our laws.”
The hits just keep on coming for Johnny Depp. He may soon regret running off at the mouth so much, as it has been writing checks that his butt may soon have to cash.
He’d better hope that he isn’t already overdrawn.
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