Amber Heard-Johnny Depp plead guilty

Apr 19, 2016, 08:05 IST | Agencies

The couple just avoided a 10-year sentence and a fine of nearly USD 1,00,000 in dog smuggling case

Amber Heard's dog days are over. The 'Magic Mike XXL' actress pleaded guilty on Monday to providing a false immigration document when she entered Australia last year with her pet Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard

Heard, who appeared in court alongside Johnny Depp, avoided a possible 10-year prison sentence and a fine of nearly USD 100,000. Magistrate Margaret Callaghan gave Heard a one-month USD 1,000 good behavior bond, meaning she can't commit any other offenses in the country through May 18. The yearlong saga has been dubbed Australia's War on Terrier.

Heard's lawyer told the court that his client never meant to lie on her incoming passenger card by failing to declare she had animals with her. Heard was jetlagged and assumed her assistants had sorted out the paperwork, he said. "She has made a tired, terrible mistake," he added. But prosecutor Peter Callaghan said that was no excuse. "The laws apply to everyone," he argued.

In a video released Monday, Heard, 29, and Depp, 52, took turns reading a prepared statement that was submitted to the Queensland court. According to Magistrate Callaghan, the Australian Department of Agriculture "will get more deterrence value from the video than any conviction." Sitting in an undisclosed office setting, the actress looked directly into the camera and said, "Australia is a wonderful island, with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people."

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