UPDATE: Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce says the video in which Johnny Depp and Amber Heard explain the importance of bio-security proves his stance was right. 

In a press conference on the issue, in the Mural Hall of Parliament House, Mr Joyce told reporters he was aware of the video but did not have anything to do with procuring it. 

"I put (the video) straight on my website and so far, before I came up here it had 52,000 views," Mr Joyce said. 

EARLIER: Amber Heard, the wife of Johnny Depp, has been given a one month good behaviour bond and a $1000 fine for smuggling her pet pooches Pistol and Boo into the country last year.

 

 

During the court hearing the gallery was treated to what may well be Depp's worst performance of all time as he was forced to read out a statement - explaining why Australia's bio-security has to be respected.

"And Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct," Depp says on the video - as he clenches his jaw. 

"When you disrespect Australian law they will tell you firmly." 

 

THIS MORNING: Hollywood glamour couple Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have offered up a video apology after admitting to breaking the law in failing to declare their dogs on a passenger arrival card.

"Declare everything when you enter Australia," Depp says in the video.

Prosecutor Peter Callaghan SC told the court Ms Heard was required 'like any other person' to fill out an incoming passenger card."

Under the section which asked whether they were bringing anything, including animals, she wrote 'no'.

Ms Heard was to trial on three charges after bringing her Yorkshire terriers Pistol and Boo into the country last May, while Depp was on the Gold Coast filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

She pleaded guilty today to producing a false passenger card.

But two charges of illegally importing animals have been dismissed.

News Corp reported that  in her statement, Miss Heard said she did not recall ticking 'no' on the question asking if she was bringing animals into Australia.

 She accepted full responsibility for her actions but said she did not set out to deceive anyone.

Key charges dropped against Johnny Depp's wife

Two of the key charges against Johnny Depp's wife Amber Heard have been dropped.

A short time ago, Depp and Ms Heard arrived at a Southport court for a hearing over their two Yorkshire terriers Boo and Pistol.

Heard  is accused of illegally bringing the dogs into the country on a private jet when she visited Depp while he was filming the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie on the Gold Coast last May.

Heard was facing two charges of illegal importation of an animal and one count of producing a false document.

She has pleaded guilty to the count of producing a false document but the other charges have been dropped, news reports said.

The court case was adjourned until 11am.

Depp and Heard were reported to be smiling and chatting after the adjournment.

Earlier, when the couple arrived at court, a large media scrum of about 30 journalists and photographers, was waiting.

Around them, a number of supporters were screaming out "Go Johnny, we love you", the ABC reported.

 

Depp was expected to be a witness in the four-day hearing.

Twelve witnesses were listed to give evidence at the Southport Magistrates Court.

Fairfax reported Depp and Heard were aboard a private Gulf Stream V that touched down at Coolangatta Airport following a nine hour flight from Honolulu, just before 9am Sunday.

Former agriculture minister and now Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce last year threatened to have the dogs euthanised if they were not flown back to California within 50 hours.

"It's time Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States,'' he said at the time.



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