If you’ve been following Pirates of the Caribbean star Johnny Depp and Aquaman leading lady Amber Heard’s tumultuous relationship for any length of time, you probably remember the unfortunate 2015 incident in which the then-couple illegally brought their dogs — Pistol and Boo — into the nation of Australia.
Heard and Depp were ultimately not convicted of dog smuggling during a 2016 trial, but she was ordered to pay a $1,000 AUS fine. Recently, the actress — who has been embroiled in a bitter court battle with her ex-husband, Depp, since late 2020 — posted a social media photo of her new dog, named Barnaby Joyce.
Meet the newest member of the Heard family, Barnaby Joyce!
Meet the newest member of the Heard family, Barnaby Joyce! 🐶 pic.twitter.com/fFZkx0ckkt
— Amber Heard (@realamberheard) December 26, 2021
The real Barnaby Joyce, an Australian Deputy Prime Minister who threatened to “kill” the dogs in 2015, is not amused by the pooch’s moniker. During a recent appearance on a popular morning show called Sunrise, the politician wreaked havoc during his interview. Per an article about the situation:
…[Joyce] unleashed on Johnny Depp live on Sunrise on Wednesday – forcing the hosts to cut him off in case his tirade compromised the Hollywood actor’s ongoing legal case in the U.S.
The National Party leader, 54, called the Pirates of the Caribbean star, 58, a ‘deads**t’ – an Australian slang term for a contemptible person – after being asked about Depp’s ex-wife Amber Heard naming her new dog after him.
Before his time on camera was cut short, Joyce continued, railing on Depp and Heard for a video apology they issued after the alleged dog smuggling incident. He said they “They look like two terrorists in a basement in Lebanon. They’re crazy guys.”
You can view the now infamous Australian Biosecurity video below:
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If you haven’t been following the ongoing Johnny Depp vs. Amber Heard case, in November 2020, Hollywood actor Depp lost his libel lawsuit against U.K. News Group Newspaper publication, The Sun, for their report that he had allegedly engaged in domestic violence — including a reported “hostage” situation during a Pirates of the Caribbean shoot in Australia — against the Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom actress on multiple occasions.
British Judge Andrew Nicol presided over the original proceedings, and Depp later lost his right to appeal the original ruling in the United Kingdom. The Jack Sparrow actor, for his part, has denied the domestic violence allegations, with even his ex-partners, Vanessa Paradis and Winona Ryder, speaking out in his defense at various points in time.