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It’s the doggone pooch problem pitting Hollywood stars against Australian agriculture that just won’t go away.
The country’s agriculture department has again picked up the trail of actor Amber Heard over her 2015 decision to illegally bring pets Pistol and Boo to Australia.
Kevin Murphy, a former employee of Heard’s then-partner Johnny Depp, earlier in the year told a London court he repeatedly warned her it would be illegal.
At a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Wednesday, agriculture official Peta Lane confirmed Mr Murphy’s testimony had them digging.
“There was evidence presented in the London court case which suggested false statements were provided in a court case in 2016, so we are investigating that,” she told senators.
Mr Murphy claimed Heard asked him to contact her former assistant, Kate James, and tell her to lie under oath to an Australian court.
He co-operated with Heard’s request to provide her with a statement supporting the account for Australian authorities.
Ms Lane said the Australian Federal Police was now involved in the investigation.
“Giving a false testimony is an offence under the Crimes Act, so that is what we are now investigating,” she said.
The agriculture department has tried to contact Mr Murphy without success.
“We are liaising with the AFP who are using their contacts overseas to obtain information on our behalf,” Ms Lane said.
Heard was sentenced to a one-month good behaviour in 2016 after pleading guilty to providing a false document to customs officials.
Former agriculture minister Barnaby Joyce threatened to euthanise the dogs if Depp didn’t take them back to the US after breaching biosecurity laws.
“He’s now got about 50 hours left to remove the dogs. He can put them on the same charter jet,” he said at the time.
“If we start letting movie stars – even though they’ve been the 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.”