| Australian Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce said on Tuesday the videotaped apology from Johnny Depp and his wife Amber Heard was going around the world "like a frog in a sock" - An Australian term for going crazy. |
Many compared it to a hostage video. It has been revealed the Oz agriculture department had 'helped' with the script. The video was part of negotiations between the defense team and the prosecution.
|The original charges against Heard carried a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of A$10,000. The ruling avoided a diplomatic tangle between the celebrity pair and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who in his capacity as farm minister threatened to have the dogs put down. |
In a statement, Joyce said he appreciated Heard’s “willingness to take responsibility for her actions”. He faces a general election in July, with opinion polls showing support for the government sinking.