The line has been crossed. Camille Vasquez isn’t happy about having to face rumors that she dated her client Johnny Depp.
The attorney, 37, found it “disappointing” to see speculation that her behavior with the Pirates of the Caribbean actor, 58, was “in any way were inappropriate or unprofessional. That’s disappointing to hear,” Vasquez told People in an interview published on Thursday, June 9.
“It’s also an unethical charge being made. It’s sexist,” she added. “It’s unfortunate and it’s disappointing, but at the same time it kind of comes with the territory. I can’t say I was all that surprised.”
While many TikToks focus on her hugging the Edward Scissorhands star, Vasquez explained that this is simply how she expresses appreciation for anyone with whom she has worked closely for a long time. She worked on Depp’s case for more than four years, as per Entertainment Tonight reported.
“I care very deeply about my clients, and we have obviously become close. But when I say we, I mean the entire team, and of course that includes Johnny,” she said. “And, I’m Cuban and Colombian. I’m tactile. What do you want me to say? I hug everyone. And I’m not ashamed about that.”
Us Weekly reported in May that the rumors of Depp dating his legal representation were untrue. “Camille has a boyfriend and this is such a reach,” a source close to the situation exclusively told Us at the time. “It’s complete fiction.”
Vasquez made headlines for her no-nonsense line of questioning during Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard, which began on April 11 and ended on May 27. In a 2018 Washington Post op-ed, the Aquaman actress, 36, stated that she was a victim of domestic violence.
Depp (who was married to the actress for 15 months from 2015 to 2016) claimed that her charges of violence affected his career and reputation, even though Heard did not mention the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor by name in the piece.
The jury awarded the Hollywood Vampires member compensatory damages of $10 million and punitive damages of $5 million. Meanwhile, in her complaint against her ex-husband who she divorced in 2016, Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
Less than a week after Depp’s courtroom win, Vasquez made partner at Brown Rudnick after four years with the firm. “We are delighted to welcome Camille to the partnership,” Brown Rudnick chair and CEO William Baldiga said in a statement. “Historically, we have reserved this announcement for the end of our fiscal year. But Camille’s performance during the Johnny Depp trial proved to the world that she was ready to take this next step now. We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as our newest partner.”
Vasquez could be in court again, defending Depp. Heard intends to challenge the decision. “She is convinced that she will win on appeal,” the insider stated a few days after the decision was handed down.