Looks like Australian quarantine officials really mean business when it comes to border protection. Hollywood couple Amber Heard and Johnny Depp arrived at Coolangatta airport yesterday morning to attend a four-day trial revolving around their two teacup Yorkshire terriers - yes, really. The stoush occurred in May last year after Heard brought her two pups - Boo and Pistol - into the country via private jet while he was filming the fifth Pirates of the Caribbean movie on the Gold Coast.
Because of her indiscretion, Heard faces two charges of illegal importation and one charge of producing false documents. At the time of the incident, then Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce told Depp and Heard to "bugger off" back to the US, and threatened to "euthanise" the offending dogs.
Heard's legal team have pleaded 'not guilty', however if she is found guilty she could face up to 10 years in jail and a $100,000 fine. It's expected that Depp will take the stand as one of a possible dozen witnesses. The amusing incident has attracted world headlines, with many, including Depp, making fun of Deputy Prime Minister Joyce for getting so worked up. In an interview last September, Depp joked about the incident and referred to him as a "sweaty, big-gutted man from Australia." The saga continues.