Confirmed: Amber Heard Under Criminal Investigation in Australia

This article has been updated to eliminate any confusion caused by a date reference in the Queensland investigation announcement from last year.




May of 2016 Amber Heard filed for divorce and alleged that Depp had physically abused her during the course of their marriage. She also got a restraining order against him and mentioned that he abused her when he was under the influence of alcohol. This happened a day after Depp allegedly violently broke bottles of champagne in their LA house and threw a phone at Amber’s face.



Heard received a total of 7 million dollars as a settlement which she reportedly donated to charity (editor’s note: that donation has never been made as of the date of this publication). In August 2016, the couple agreed to end their marriage and in 2017 they were formally divorced.  After the divorce, Amber Heard wrote an editorial piece in the Washington Post about domestic violence and being a survivor. She also talked about how media and people don’t trust the victim in such situations. This resulted in Johnny Depp filing for a Defamation suit of 50-million dollars against his ex-wife.


In 2020, audio recordings of Depp and Heard’s conversations were also released where they both admitted to getting physical often. Johnny even alleged that Heard punched him, defecated in his bed, and had affairs with Elon Musk and James Franco. Heard denied this and alleged that Depp got physical with her very often and threatened to kill her many times. Needless to say, it’s been “messy”. Heard and Depp remain locked in a legal battle over the op-ed that the actress wrote. Depp is suing his ex-wife for $50 million because he claims that her statements ruined his career after having been asked to resign from his role as Grindelwald in the “Fantastic Beasts” franchise.


An illuminating timeline of the alleged incidents involving Johnny Depp and Amber Heard that includes evidence, court documents, photos and more was created by Beatrice Barzaine and can be viewed here.


In light of the recorded audio coming out, fans began to push for Heard’s removal from the upcoming sequel, Aquaman 2. petition – which currently has over 1.8 million signatures – was made calling on Warner to remove her from the film.


Actors Johnny Depp and Amber Heard act contrite for violating Australia’s biosecurity laws, in an apology video posted by Australian government officials on YouTube. Source: Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources


Lots of private details came out in the defamation suit, including an incident in which Amber Heard could face perjury charges. Details of a 2016 Pistol and Boo incident were attested to in ex-husband Johnny Depp’s libel case against The Sun. Even though Depp eventually lost his libel case, the details piqued the interest of the Australian Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment after an ex-employee of Depp’s claimed in court he was forced to lie under oath about her dogs’ illegal entry into Queensland.


The investigation was first announced last year.


A departmental spokesperson told “The department is investigating if any criminal offences under Commonwealth legislation have been committed relating to the testimony provided to the High Court in London. Because of the nature of those enquiries we are unable to provide a timeline.” The maximum sentence for perjury in Queensland is 14 years in jail.


According to Depp’s former estate manager, Kevin Murphy, Heard instructed him to lie to authorities after she knowingly smuggled her dogs into Australia.


Culture critic “That Umbrella Guy” has more details here:





TUG alleges that his sources tell him that the Australia government is now coordinating with the FBI.  Will this cause Warner Bros. to reconsider Heard’s continued portrayal of Mera in Aquaman 2? We’ll continue to cover this story.

Jamison Ashley

Comic geek, movie nerd, father, and husband - but not necessarily in that order. Current captain of this ship o' fools who is rapidly training everyone's computers and snarkphone spell-checkers to misspell 'supposebly.'