A case to hear dog-smuggling charges against Amber Heard has been adjourned. Johnny Depp's wife had been ordered to appear in court in Australia on Monday for not declaring the couple's terrier dogs to custom officials. She failed to attend, but the case has now been adjourned until 2 November.
Amber, 29, faces a possible 10-year jail term or a big fine for illegally importing the dogs into Australia earlier this year, and producing a false document.
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Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard attended the Venice Film Festival at the weekend
Australian authorities were only alerted to the presence of the dogs – Pistol and Boo – when a picture of them at a grooming parlour was posted online. They are understood to have arrived in Australia on board Johnny's private jet in April this year. The star was filming the fifth movie in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise on Australia's Gold Coast.
The Minister for Agriculture, Barnaby Joyce, drew more attention to the case when he launched a scathing attack on Johnny for bringing the pets into Australia, where strict quarantine laws are in place to prevent diseases from spreading.
"If we start letting movie stars – even though they've been the sexiest man alive twice – to come into our nation (with pets), then why don't we break the laws for everybody," he said in a press conference at the time. "It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."
Johnny has not been charged over the incident, but he did take a swipe at Mr Joyce at the weekend, as he attended the Venice Film Festival with his actress wife. "I killed my dogs and ate them under the direct orders from some kind of, I don't know, sweaty big-gutted man from Australia," he told reporters.