Depp might have perjured himself over fugitive terriers: Joyce

Johnny Depp could face charges of perjury in Australia following revelations he knowingly smuggled his and ex-wife Amber Heard's pet terriers into the country.

The possibility that Depp was "fully aware" the dogs were coming to Australia illegally is blood in the water for his Australia nemesis, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who said the Hollywood star may have "perjured himself", The Herald Sun reports.

The disclosure came from documents in Depp's legal battle against his former managers in the US, who he accuses of a loss of earnings.

Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce once boasted he was 'turning into Johnny Depp's Hannibal Lecter'. Now he says Depp might have perjured himself. Source: Getty

Legal documents in the suit suggest Depp was "fully aware that he was illegally bringing his dogs to Australia".

Previously, Depp claimed he did not know he was bringing his two terriers, Pistol and Boo, into Australia illegally when their fugitive status was revealed in 2015.

The "War on Terriers" led to mud slinging between the Australian Nationals leader and the actor.


"Now Mr Depp needs to take his dogs back to California or we're going to have to euthanize them," Mr Joyce said when the news the dogs were brought into Australia illegally emerged.

"If we start letting movie stars, even if they've been 'Sexiest Man Alive' twice, to come into our nation then why don't we just break the laws for everybody. It's time that Pistol and Boo buggered off back to the United States."

Heard told a court in April last year "her husband’s people" handled the documents relating to their temporary immigration into Australia.

Johnny Depp and now-ex wife Amanda Heard say sorry to Australia. Source: The Australian Government

The saga almost ended with an infamous apology video from Depp and Heard until Depp expressed his concern that the agriculture minister looked like an "inbred tomato" that "just might explode".

Mr Joyce, who once boasted he was Depp's "Hannibal Lecter" and was "inside his head", said if the revelations made in the US court were true it could be grounds for perjury.

Depp and one of the dogs that started an international incident. Source: Instagram

"Obviously Mr Depp is back in the news for a number of things, but the only thing that's concerning me is that if the allegations that have been made against him are correct, and I'm not saying if they are or aren't, then that would be perjury," Mr Joyce told the newspaper.

However, according to Queensland Law Society's Bill Potts, in order to commit perjury Depp would have had to give evidence under oath.

Heard told a court in April last year "her husband’s people" handled the documents relating to their temporary immigration into Australia.