Hollywood star Amber Heard made headlines earlier this year when a jury found that she had defamed ex-husband Johnny Depp.
While Heard was ordered to pay millions in damages, it seems that wasn’t the end of her legal troubles. According to the Washington Examiner, the actress may now face perjury charges in Australia.
Investigation into 2015 dog incident has been reopened
That stems from an incident in 2015 involving Heard’s two pet Yorkshire terriers named Pistol and Boo, which she had brought to the country while visiting Depp as he filmed a movie.
Heard was accused of illegally importing the animals and pleaded guilty the following year to falsifying immigration documents.
Jeremy Kirk served as Heard’s attorney, and he was quoted by The Daily Mail as saying that the film actress made “no attempt to deceive.”
Instead, he insisted that Heard mistakenly believed members of Depp’s staff had already secured approval for the dogs’ entry and thus selected the wrong box on her customs form.
Heard went so far as to release a video in which she could be seen apologizing for the violation alongside her then husband. She told viewers that “protecting Australia is important” and expressed regret over how “Boomer and Pistol were not declared.”
However, “Entertainment Tonight” has revealed that the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water, and the Environment is “investigating allegations of perjury by Ms. Heard during court proceedings for the 2015 illegal importation of [her] two dogs into Australia.”
Former Depp employee testified that Heard told him to lie about dogs
That comes following testimony presented during Heard’s defamation by former Depp employee Kevin Murphy, who said she told him to lie about the dog’s legal status.
“When I expressed that I was extremely uncomfortable with this, Ms. Heard said to me, ‘Well I want your help on this … I wouldn’t want you to have a problem with your job,'” Murphy recalled being told.
“It became very apparent that Ms. Heard was threatening my job stability unless I cooperated with providing a declaration that supported her false account for the Australian proceedings,” the former employee went on to add.