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Camille Vasquez puts an end to romantic rumors surrounding Johnny Depp.
The much-publicized six-week-long libel trial ended last week in which the jury sided with the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor against his ex-wife Amber Heard. The star was awarded more than $ 10 million, supporting his claims that Heard lied about Depp abusing him before and during their short marriage.
Vasquez, one of the movie star’s leading lawyers, quickly became a sensation on social media during the TV case. As many livestreamed the trial, viewers insisted the 37-year-old was dating his client. Rumors escalated after the couple was seen kissing at the Fairfax County Courthouse.
“I suppose it’s coming from being a woman who’s just doing her job,” the lawyer told People magazine on Thursday.
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“It’s disappointing that some business ran with it or said that my interactions with Johnny – who is a friend and whom I have known and represented for four and a half years now – that my interactions were in any way inappropriate or unprofessional. It’s disappointing to hear.
“I like my customers a lot and we have obviously become close,” she continued. “But when I say us, I mean the whole team, and that includes Johnny, of course. And I’m Cuban and Colombian. I’m tactile. What do you want me to say? I hug everyone. And I’m not ashamed of it. »
Vasquez added that “my job is my love” and “when I love, I love really deeply.”
The lawyer also revealed that she has a boyfriend and is “very happy in my relationship”. She also pointed out that it is “unethical for us to date our customers.”
Vasquez is dating WeWork director Edward Owen. The 38-year-old Briton met Vasquez in November at London’s gastropub The Cow, British DailyMail reported. Her budding relationship with Owen, who lives in England, is distant.
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“It’s also an unethical accusation,” she said of the gossip that involved her client. “It’s sexist. It’s unfortunate and disappointing, but at the same time it comes with the territory. I can not say I was so surprised.”
Vasquez noted that she was proud to represent Depp.
“This man was fighting for his life, and it broke my heart to see him day in and day out have to sit there and listen to the most horrible accusations against him,” she said of the man, 59 years old. “And if I could give any consolation, then of course I would do it, whether it’s holding his hand or letting him know we’re here and we will fight for him because he has it.” deserved. »
On Tuesday, Vasquez became a partner in his law firm Brown Rudnick after winning the big win in the actor’s injury case.
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International law firm Brown Rudnick announced Vasquez’s promotion after she became a star in Depp v. Heard with her sharp cross-examination of the “Aquaman” actress.
“I am thrilled that Brown Rudnick has given me their vote of confidence by joining me in the partnership,” Vasquez said in a statement. “I am proud of the uniquely talented team, I had the privilege of leading, exemplifying teamwork and collaboration, and I look forward to continuing to represent Brown Rudnick’s culture of excellence.”
The verdicts ended a lawsuit that Depp hoped would help restore his reputation, even though it turned into a play that provided a window into a vicious marriage.
The seven-member panel, which witnessed an explosive two-month trial, also awarded Heard, 36, $ 2 million in his counterclaim against Depp.
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Heard, who was stoic in the courtroom when the verdict was read, said she was crushed.
“I am even more disappointed with what this verdict means for other women. It’s a setback. It takes the clock back to a time when a woman who spoke up and spoke could be publicly humiliated. It pushes back the idea that violence against women should be taken seriously, “she said in a statement.
Depp said: “The jury gave me my life back. I’m really humble.”
“I hope that my quest for the truth to be told has helped others, men or women, who have found themselves in my situation, and that those who support them will never give up,” he said in a statement. .
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Depp sued Heard for libel in Fairfax County Circuit Court during a December 2018 statement she wrote in The Washington Post in which she described herself as “a public figure representing domestic violence.” His lawyers said he was slandered by the article, even though it never mentioned his name.
The jury ruled in favor of Depp on all three of his allegations regarding specific statements in the 2018 article.
Rebecca Rosenberg of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.