Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over ‘dog gate’

US actor Johnny Depp, right, and his former wife Amber Heard arrive at court in Australia in this April 18, 2016 file photo. (AFP)
Updated 27 June 2017

Depp may face perjury charges in Australia over ‘dog gate’

SYDNEY: Johnny Depp could face perjury charges in Australia after the deputy prime minister threatened Tuesday to unleash a new chapter in a pet dog case dubbed the “war on terrier.”
The “Pirates of the Caribbean” star and his then-wife Amber Heard fell foul of Australia’s strict quarantine laws when they failed to declare her canines, Pistol and Boo, on arrival in the country on a private jet in 2015.
Heard escaped with a fine and a good behavior bond, but a lawsuit between Depp and his former management has revived the spat amid allegations the actor was aware he was breaching the laws.
Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who has been a vocal critic of Depp, said if the allegations were true “there’s a word for that: It is called perjury.”
“I might have another look at this,” he added, in an interview with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Joyce sparked global headlines two years ago when he threatened to have the animals put down unless they “buggered off back to the US,” igniting a war of words with Depp.
The couple released an awkward video apologizing, but Joyce mocked Depp as looking like “he was auditioning for the Godfather.”
Depp hit back, telling US talk show host Jimmy Kimmel that Joyce “looks somehow like (he’s) inbred with a tomato.”
Actress-model Heard pleaded guilty to falsifying her immigration arrivals card and was placed on a Aus$1,000 ($758) one-month good behavior bond, with two more serious charges of illegally importing the dogs dropped.
At the time, their lawyers claimed it was a misunderstanding.
But legal documents filed in a separate case between the actor and his former business managers TMG, allegedly show Depp was “fully aware” he was breaking Australian laws, according to People magazine which obtained them.
It claimed the documents show he “pressured one of his long-term employees to ‘take the fall’.”
“We’re an island continent and we take biosecurity very seriously and it doesn’t matter if you think that you’re Mr. Who’s Who of Hollywood, you’re going to obey our laws,” said Joyce, who is also the agriculture minister and likes wearing cowboy hats.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull saw the lighter side, quipping to Triple M radio in Sydney: “I wouldn’t want to come between Johnny and Barnaby... sort of the pirate meets the cowboy.
“Maybe they could make a movie together,” he added.
The prospect of charges cap a difficult week for Depp, who was forced to apologize on Friday for joking about US President Donald Trump being assassinated during remarks to a music festival audience that triggered an angry backlash.


Donald Trump no fan of ‘Borat’ creator Sacha Baron Cohen

Updated 24 October 2020

Donald Trump no fan of ‘Borat’ creator Sacha Baron Cohen

  • Word of Baron Cohen’s latest outrageous ambushes on unsuspecting participants had spread like wildfire

ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE: Donald Trump said Friday he has not been a fan of Sacha Baron Cohen – even before a clip from the British comedian’s new Borat movie forced the US president’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani into an awkward explanation.
Asked about the clip – which shows Giuliani in a faked “interview” with an attractive and flirtatious young woman – while speaking to journalists aboard Air Force One, Trump said: “I don’t know what happened.”
“But years ago, you know, he tried to scam me. And I was the only one who said no way. That’s a phony guy. And I don’t find him funny.”
Trump said the incident happened about 15 years ago.
“To me, he was a creep,” Trump said.
The president did not provide further details about that encounter, but in a 2003 interview, Baron Cohen – playing the wannabe gangster Ali G – pitched a business venture to Trump: special gloves for eating ice cream.
Before the new Borat film’s release, word of Baron Cohen’s latest outrageous ambushes on unsuspecting participants had spread like wildfire.
On Wednesday, Giuliani issued an angry denial over the fake interview.
In the film, the encounter appears to leave the 76-year-old former New York mayor in a compromising situation, caught with his hands down his pants in the bedroom.
Giuliani said the scene was “a complete fabrication.”
“I was tucking in my shirt after taking off the recording equipment. At no time before, during, or after the interview was I ever inappropriate,” he tweeted.
“If Sacha Baron Cohen implies otherwise, he is a stone-cold liar.”
The comedian continued to poke fun at Giuliani.
In a video posted on social media, Borat himself leapt to his defense and accused the “fake news media” – a term often used by Trump and his supporters – of turning an “innocent” encounter into “something disgusting.”