The furore surrounding Johnny Depp’s dogs has escalated to another level. A five day trial has been especially set aside for his wife, Amber Heard, to defend charges of illegally importing animals into Australia.
Now some people are claiming that the celebrity power couple is receiving special treatment, and should be facing the same penalties anyone else would. Especially as the charges carry a maximum penalty of 10 years imprisonment and a $102,000 fine.
Facebook user Kerry Mcphee commented, “please don’t think you can bring your animals into our beautiful country without going through quarantine”. Whilst Laura Forde added that celebrities are “not above the law just cause you make movies”.
Indeed, Amber Heard is yet to appear in any of the legal proceedings, saying in a statement “there has been no necessity for me to attend court to date”, however now she is set to come to the country to defend her decision to bring the Yorkshire terriers on their private jet.
“My decision to defend these charges, as will become apparent in the appropriate forum of the court, is not intended to in any way diminish the importance of Australia’s laws. I look forward to attending the hearing of these matters”.
Despite the dogs Pistol and Boo being found on her private jet, Ms Heard has instructed lawyers to enter a ‘not guilty’ plea on her behalf. It’s a move the public are refuting.
“How can she plead not guilty when there are photos of the dogs, they were caught red-handed and there is plenty of evidence,” questioned Facebook user Tiff Riddle. Whilst Greg Lewis added this showed “no respect for the law”.
Lawyers representing the couple have indicated that Johnny Depp himself might appear during the case, but that he did not “wish his presence to be disruptive”. Gold Coast magistrate Joan White added this would be “a bit of an understatement”.
The trial date has been earmarked for February next year, although an extra magistrate may need to specially travel from Brisbane to assist with this caseload.
What do you think? Are the charges facing Johnny Depp and Amber Heard overblown? Or should celebrities be treated just like any other visitor to Australia?