In this image made from video released by the Australian Government Department of Agriculture and Water Resources on April 18, 2016, actor Johnny Depp and his wife, Amber Heard, speak in a videotaped apology played during Monday's hearing at the Southport Magistrates Court on Queensland state's Gold Coast. 
Photo: Australian Government
Photo: Australian Government

WATCH: Johnny Depp, Amber Heard issue awkward apology in dog-smuggling spat

According to The Associated Press, actress Amber Heard, wife of Johnny Depp, pleaded guilty Monday to producing a false or misleading immigration document after she brought Pistol and Boo, the couple's Yorkshire terriers, to Australia on a private jet last year. Two other charges of illegally importing the dogs – which could have landed the actress in jail – were dropped.

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Heard, who was sentenced to a one-month "good behavior bond," and Depp also issued an awkward apology video. The clip, posted to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce's Facebook page, has gone viral, with more than 455,000 views.

"Australia is a wonderful island with a treasure trove of unique plants, animals and people," Heard says in the video.

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"It has to be protected," Depp says.

Heard adds, "Australia is free of many pests and diseases that are commonplace around the world. That is why Australia has to have such strong biosecurity laws."

"Australians are just as unique, both warm and direct," Depp says. "When you disrespect Australian law, they will tell you firmly."

"I am truly sorry that Pistol and Boo were not declared," Heard says. "Protecting Australia is important."

The video ends with Depp saying, "Declare everything when you enter Australia."

Several commenters and news outlets joked that the actors looked more like hostages than people offering a sincere apology.

"I think someone has a pistol to Boo behind the camera," Facebook user Anna Blight wrote

Mashable, meanwhile, described the clip as "unbelievable," saying it "looks like the couple have been held hostage in North Korea."

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