He might be forced to walk the plank… for real this time!
Australia isn’t willing to forgive and forget Johnny Depp breaking the law. The Pirates of the Caribbean actor was told that if him bringing his undeclared Yorkshire Terriers to Australia goes to court, Depp could get locked up for 10 years, plus owe a whopping $265,000 fine.
In April, the 51-year-old actor brought his pups on his return flight to Australia to finish filming Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales after undergoing hand surgery in the U.S., but nobody on the flight happened to mention the dogs, Boo and Pistol, being on board when they landed. The dogs may have gone unnoticed if it wasn’t for the Australian pet groomers snapping a photo and posting it on social media during the trip.
When Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce discovered the news, he ordered Depp to remove the dogs from the country within 50 hours or else they’d be euthanized.
“There is a process if you want to bring animals: you get the permits, they go into quarantine and then you have them,” Joyce made clear during an interview on Australia’s ABC radio. “But if we start letting movie stars—even though they’ve been the Sexiest Man Alive twice—to come into our nation [and break the laws], then why don’t we just break the laws for everybody?”
At this point, it doesn’t look like there will be an easy way to escape the problem for Depp. Immigration minister Peter Dutton said, “This matter is ongoing, as the police would tell you. It’s being investigated; handbags are being searched. No rock or backpack is being left unturned,” Dutton said on an Austrailian radio interview on May 21.