Johnny Depp with then-wife Amber Heard at Southport Court last year.
Johnny Depp with then-wife Amber Heard at Southport Court last year. Adam Head

Johnny Depp could face charges over dog revelation

JOHNNY DEPP could face further legal action over his dogs Pistol and Boo after allegations he was "fully aware" he was bringing the animals into Australia illegally.

It has been two years since screen star Depp, his then-wife Amber Heard and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce were locked in a stoush over quarantine when the Hollywood couple smuggled their teacup Yorkshire terriers into Queensland without the necessary paperwork.

The actor's former business managers, The Management Group, have disputed Depp's claims the incident was a mistake in new evidence that could lead to further legal action by the Australian Government.

In a legal document published by People magazine at the weekend, Depp's former managers allege he was "fully aware that he was illegally bringing his dogs to Australia" in 2015 during filming of the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie on the Gold Coast.

In the document they allege Depp lied when he "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" and also "pressured one of his long-term employees to 'take the fall'."

It is part of an ongoing court battle between Depp and TMG since the actor first sued his former managers in January for lost earnings. TMG countersued, claiming they were unable to rein in the actor's excessive spending and unpaid debts.

Heard was handed a one-month good behaviour bond and fined $1000 over the incident last April, but Depp was not charged.

While appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live in September 2015, Depp said "we were under the impression we had all the paperwork done for the dogs".

A spokesman for the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources told The Courier-Mail that while they considered the matter closed, the Australian Government could consider further legal action against Depp.

"In the event there is new evidence regarding Mr Depp's involvement the department could consider action but would come to a decision based on matters including the availability and admissibility of evidence in a foreign jurisdiction," the spokesman said.

News Corp Australia

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