Johnny Depp lawyer says Heard ‘did not take accountability’
Lawyer Camille Vasquez says she has been overwhelmed by all the eye throughout and after the Johnny Depp defamation trial. She can be a newly minted companion at her regulation agency.
“It’s been surreal and if I’m being sincere, a bit overwhelming,” Vasquez stated Wednesday morning on “Good Morning America,” the place she and authorized teammate Benjamin Chew have been talking about their victory in Depp’s high-profile defamation case in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard. “But when I may be an inspiration to younger girls that wish to go to regulation college and examine and work arduous, then it was price it.”
She echoed the sentiment on the “Right now” present — the place Heard lawyer Elaine Bredehoft appeared final week — saying Wednesday, “It’s been overwhelming and surreal, however to the extent that I inspired younger girls to remain in class and perhaps impressed them to pursue a authorized profession, it’s all price it.”
Final week, a Virginia jury discovered within the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star’s favor on all counts in his defamation case in opposition to Heard, whereas discovering for Heard on just one rely of her countersuit in opposition to Depp. Depp was awarded $10.3 million, whereas Heard was awarded $2 million.
Within the midst of all of it, Vasquez turned a star amongst Depp supporters on social media. Sure media retailers started writing about her and her boyfriend as in the event that they have been a star couple.
The New York Submit this week reported that various regulation corporations have been allegedly partaking in a bidding warfare for Vasquez. One unnamed supply stated expertise brokers have been circling as nicely as a result of “she is the unicorn — a wise, savvy, poised lawyer whose impactful efficiency throughout the trial propelled her to a uncommon stage of visibility. And the truth that she is a lady of coloration is an added bonus.”
Separate from Vasquez’s newfound excessive profile, the 2 attorneys have been quizzed Wednesday about theories that the Depp camp had orchestrated an anti-Heard social media marketing campaign and that the jury was influenced by it. She known as the thought “categorically false,” whereas Chew dubbed it “completely absurd and baseless.”
“I don’t suppose there may be any motive to consider that the jurors violated their oath,” Chew stated on “Right now.”
Fairly, Chew informed “GMA,” “My sense is that [the verdict] had a whole lot of do with accountability — that Johnny owned his points.
“He was very candid about his alcohol and drug points. He was candid about some unlucky texts that he wrote,” he continued. “And I believe it was a pointy distinction to Ms. Heard, who didn’t appear — or at the very least the jury could have perceived — that she didn’t take accountability for something.”
Vasquez informed “GMA” that Depp was capable of join with the jury. She famous that in her cross-examination of Heard she centered on “utilizing her phrases in opposition to her.”
“It was crucial for us [that] each query that was requested was tied to one thing she had stated beforehand,” she stated. “And I believe that the jury obtained to see and the world obtained to see and listen to from Ms. Heard in that relationship on each single subject.”
A spokesman for Heard wasn’t joyful about Vasquez and Chew doing the morning-show rounds, saying in an announcement launched Tuesday afternoon, “It’s as unseemly as it’s unprofessional that Johnny Depp’s authorized staff has chosen to do a victory lap for setting again a long time of how girls may be handled within the courtroom. What’s subsequent? A film deal and merchandising?”
Heard lawyer Bredehoft appeared on the “Right now” present final week, the day after the decision was introduced.
“One of many first issues [Heard] stated is, ‘I’m so sorry to all these girls on the market,’” Bredehoft stated on the present. “It is a setback for all girls in and out of doors the courtroom. And … [Heard] feels the burden of that.”
Vasquez stated Wednesday on “Right now” that she didn’t consider the case had any bigger message to ship relating to the #MeToo motion or anything.
“We’re right here to speak concerning the case we tried,” she stated. “We urge all victims to come back ahead and have their day in courtroom.”
Heard’s staff says they plan to attraction the decision.
In the meantime, the Brown Rudnick regulation agency introduced Tuesday that Vasquez, 37, was “elevated to companion” particularly as a result of Depp case. She works out of the agency’s Orange County workplace, whereas Chew works out of its Washington, D.C., department.
“Traditionally, we’ve got reserved this announcement for the top of our fiscal 12 months. However Camille’s efficiency throughout the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was able to take this subsequent step now,” William Baldiga, chairman and chief govt of Brown Rudnick, stated in a launch. “We’re extremely pleased with her and stay up for what she is going to accomplish as our latest companion.”