Johnny Depp smoked in 'good faith'

THE Queensland Government has no plans to take action against Johnny Depp for smoking in a government building, saying he sought special permission and did so in 'good faith'.

In response to media queries, a government spokesman said  Mr Depp was authorised to smoke by a member of the courthouse staff.

"This was at the request of Mr Depp's security personnel, who were concerned for his welfare should he leave the building, due to the extraordinary public interest in today's proceedings."

However, the spokesman said the "situation is being reviewed".

"Courthouse staff will be reminded of their obligations," the spokesman said.

"Mr Depp acted in good faith and no further action is anticipated."

Smoking is not permitted at Southport Courthouse.

However, from time to time, jury members have been allowed to smoke in an outdoor area outside the jury room where there is a balcony.


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