Heard’s secret emails revealed in court

 

Amber Heard wrote an email to her former assistant asking if she could find a vet to "grease" a health document for her two dogs in 2013, prior to smuggling them into Australia, the London High Court has heard.

The Aquaman actress, 34, continued her final day of witness testimony on Wednesday in a case her ex-husband, Johnny Depp, 57, has brought against the publishers of The Sun and its executive editor Dan Wootton over an article that referred to him as a "wife beater".

The case has seen both Heard and Depp accuse one another of domestic violence during their tumultuous marriage between 2015 and their divorce in 2017.

Each has denied physically abusing the other.

On Wednesday, Eleanor Laws QC acting for Depp, asked Heard about her two dogs, Pistol and Boo, that she illegally brought to Australia in 2015 while Depp was shooting Pirates of the Caribbean.

The dogs became the centre of a media scandal once it was revealed they had been brought to the country illegally, leading to a court appearance for the couple and a bizarre apology video after calls from then-Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce for the dogs to be "euthanised".

In 2016 the charges were dropped against Heard after she pleaded guilty to providing a false immigration document.

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In court, Laws suggested that Heard had tried to get others to take the blame for her actions and said "trying to get around official rules is something you've done before, isn't it?"

The actress claimed that Depp had often told her when travelling with the dogs to "just tell them to take care of it, just tell them to grease the f******'."

Laws then read from an email Heard wrote to her former assistant Kate James in 2013 asking if she could find a vet who would "slightly alter a health document that has their (the dogs') shots recorded … so they can all leave together".

The email added: "Do you have a vet you can grease?"

But Ms Heard said: "I sent it at Johnny's request, that's his language."

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Johnny Depp spent nearly 30 hours on the stand in the case. Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images.
Johnny Depp spent nearly 30 hours on the stand in the case. Picture: Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images.

 

Heard said in court she was advised by Depp's lawyers to take the charges for the dogs being smuggled into Australia in the 2015 incident because she was less well known and it would not leave the filming of Pirates of the Caribbean in doubt.

"I took the charges and I accepted that I filled out the form incorrectly and that it represented a falsehood," Heard said.

Ms Laws pressed Heard again, saying there were "emails that show you are trying to find someone to take the blame for you and that someone is Ms James, isn't it?"

Ms Heard said: "No, she didn't work for me anymore … I had already plead guilty."

The court also heard about a series of emails between Amber Heard and Depp's estate manager, Kevin Murphy, in which Murphy told her the animals will not "be allowed to fly commercial in the passenger compartment to Australia".

Heard replied she did not want them to travel in "cargo" and said: "Unless there's another way to get them there or get them on the plane with J."

 

Pistol and Boo leaving Australia in 2015.
Pistol and Boo leaving Australia in 2015.

 

 

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard leave The Southport Court after she plead guilty to providing a false document. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard leave The Southport Court after she plead guilty to providing a false document. Picture: AAP Image/Glenn Hunt

 

Murphy had previously told the court in a witness statement that he had told Heard "on a number of occasions by email, telephone and in person that she could not take the dogs to Australia because the relevant paperwork and permits were not complete and the required 10 day quarantine arrangements had not been put in place."

"I also informed her that the criminal penalties for knowingly smuggling animals into Australia without following the correct procedures could be severe."

Murphy's witness statement said Heard asked him to contact her former assistant Kate James, and ask her to "lie under oath to the Australian court".

"Specifically, Ms Heard wanted Ms James to give a false statement that Ms Heard was unaware that it would be illegal for her to bring her dogs into Australia. Ms Heard was aware that this was illegal, because I had informed her repeatedly by email, telephone and in person. I told Ms Heard that I was uncomfortable with giving a false statement to the Court and that I would not ask Ms James to do so," he said.

The case continues.

 

Originally published as Heard's secret emails revealed in court


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