The Amber Heard actor was “repeatedly” told that it was illegal to bring two of his dogs to Australia, a former Johnny Depp employees have claimed in a London court.
Kevin Murphy, who worked for the Pirates of the Caribbean star for nearly eight years, alleged that Depp’s partners had “demanded” he made false statements about animals being “smuggled” into the country.
He also said that Heard, 34, had asked him to contact his former assistant Kate James and ask him to “lie under oath” to an Australian court.
In October 2015 Heard face criminal proceedings in Australia for bringing the couple’s two Yorkshire terriers, Pistol and Boo, to the country illegally.
He and Depp, 57, were recorded video that is now famous in 2016 apologized for doing so.
The written witness statement was submitted as part of Depp slander case against Newspaper News GroupMurphy, who worked as a real manager for Hollywood actors until 2016, said that on 11 and 12 October 2015 Heard had asked him to contact James and “ask Ms. James to lie under oath to an Australian court suing Ms. Heard”.
“Specifically, Ms Heard wanted Ms James to give a false statement that Ms Heard did not realize that it would be illegal for her to bring her dog to Australia,” Murphy said. “Ms. Heard realized that this was illegal, because I had repeatedly told her by email, telephone and in person.”
Murphy alleged that he had told Heard that he was “uncomfortable” by giving a false statement to the court and that “he would not have asked Ms. James to do it”.
Sun’s lawyer, Sasha Wass, who pointed out that Murphy later made a misleading statement in an Australian court case, accused him of lying.
“Why don’t you go to Mr. Depp to ask him to intervene instead of just lying in an oath?” Wass asked.
“Because Amber has a lot of strength and will make my life miserable,” Murphy answered.
In his written statement, Murphy also said that Heard had “verbally demanded that I myself make false witness statements regarding the entry of illegal dogs into Australia”.
“I declare that I am very uncomfortable doing that, to which Ms Heard responded with words that said, ‘Alright, I want your help in this matter … I don’t want you to have problems with your work. ‘
“Ms. Heard’s threatening language makes me feel anxious and anxious.”
Murphy said he had instructed Heard that he could not bring the dogs to Australia because the relevant documents and permits were incomplete and the required 10-day quarantine arrangements had not been enforced.
In a second witness statement, Murphy said he was “surprised” to learn that Heard had brought the dogs, “despite our discussion and my warning of severe legal consequences”.
He alleged that he had collaborated with Heard’s request to give him a statement in support of his account for the Australian authorities, saying: “I feel enormous pressure to cooperate, even though knowing this would involve untruth.”
On 13 October 2015 he signed a declaration about the circumstances in which the dogs were brought to Australia, he said, claiming that this had been prepared by US lawyer Heard. “The declaration contains statements that are not entirely true,” he said.
In May 2016, after Heard filed for divorce from Depp, he had sought legal advice on the declaration and revoked it.
“I feel I can take this step now because Ms. Heard no longer has any control or influence over my work,” he said. “This is my attempt to correct mistakes.”
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