Johnny Depp, Amber Heard Star In Blockbuster Australia Apology Video
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Can we get a 20 on Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, because we aren’t entirely sure that Australia doesn’t have them captive?
That certainly seems to be the case in the following awkward apology video that is reminiscent of how you would apologize when forced to do so by your parents all throughout childhood.
In this case, what we have is a video posted on Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources’ YouTube channel.
It features Depp (“Pirates of the Caribbean”) and Heard (“Magic Mike XXL”) who were both taken to task over the married couple’s pair of dogs that were squired into Australia without proper documentation back in 2015.
The backlash was tremendous as were the headlines. It was even purported at the time that a penalty against Depp could have included 10 years in prison.
Obviously, that was the most extreme of outcomes. The most benign, it seems, was a joint statement, which resembles a public wrist flogging.
As CNN reports, Heard pleaded guilty to “to knowingly producing a false or misleading document.”
As the report continues, Heard was granted a great deal of leniency: “The court magistrate gave Heard a one-month good behavior bond sentence, CNN-affiliate 7 News Australia said. If Heard breaks the bond, she will have to pay a fine of 1,000 Australian dollars ($767) but the incident will not go on record.”
And if you questioned whether this was a big deal in Australia, here is an image of the crowd receiving the couple at the Southport Magistrates Court:
In the end, the two were presumably off the hook for the sum of one awkward video wherein Heard offered: “Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people.”
The two worked in tandem to explain why bringing in pets without documentation could affect the fragile ecosystem of the country.
The high point was Depp explaining that the Australians don’t mess around: “Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct. When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly.”
What would have been perfect would be Depp including, “And then you will find yourself starring in one of these videos.”
After much ballyhoo, Heard finally offered a mea culpa: ““I’m truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared. Protecting Australia is important.”
And in case you wanted some travel device, Depp – who looks like he either had a big meal, needs a nap or both – ended with, “Declare everything when you enter Australia.”
Well, we do declare this was most intriguing.
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