yOni Depp sues his ex-wife Amber Heard for defaming him in a 2018 Washington Post op-ed in which Heard notes that the actor has been seriously abusing her — an allegation Depp claims torpedoed his career. But with a week into the high-profile dispute, another star has emerged, Depp’s legal team player Camille Vazquez.
The hashtag #camillevasquez has over 980 million impressions on TikTok. one video for Snake’s quick objections To Heard’s lead attorney Eileen Breedhot, it has garnered nearly 30 million views. TikTok’s 2-minute video of courtroom interruptions – “Where did this woman get her testimony from?” – This coincided with a 1,820% increase in Google searches for Southwestern Law School, Vasquez’s alma mater school, and research conducted by Erudera العالي Higher Education Website offers. (Searchs for the University of Southern California, Vasquez University College, increased 127%.) TikTok compares another Vasque to Brachel Zane, the legal eagle Meghan Markle played employment suit.
Dramatic white suit Vasquez wore some of Heard’s testimony is probably the most talked about since Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president. Shortly after Disney+ dropped the trailer for Wednesday’s Marvel TV series She-Hulk, which is about a lawyer who shares Bruce Banner’s faltering mood, Vasquez was already getting started. Inspirational memes. Outside Fairfax County Courthouse, Depp’s supporters ambushed Vasquez hugs and selfies.
What about the previously unknown Vasquez, who mainly dealt with internal corporate complaints before signing the celebrity trial into the contract, which so many people were courting?
Vásquez was born in San Francisco to Cuban and Colombian parents. She currently works as an associate at Brown-Rudnick where she was named one of the “Best Lawyers to Watch” last year. She previously assisted Depp in cases against his former attorney Jake Bloom and former business manager Joel Mandel.
After keeping a relatively low profile on most of the trial’s coverage with a gavel, the 37-year-old Vásquez stepped in to succeed lead attorney Ben Chiu and into the spotlight to deal with Amber Heard’s witness testimony. Vasquez, a young woman like Heard, seemed a more appropriate investigator than middle-aged Qiu.
Shaking her head and rolling her eyes, Vasquez declared herself in front of the cameras by wearing a Bredehoft as she interrogated her client. Vasquez made several successful objections, preventing Bredehoft from establishing facts that might be in her client’s favour. Every once in a while, Vasquez would gasp before Bredehoft even popped her question. After one objection, Justice Penny Azkarat asked Bridhoft to rephrase her question; After a pause, Breedhoft shouted, “I’m trying, I’m trying.”
Vasquez’s performance attempted to mitigate the impact of Heard’s testimony while shifting the focus away from some of the devastating physical evidence against Depp, including threatening text messages as well as serious allegations of abuse and abuse that Heard made under oath.
During her interrogation, Vásquez attacked Heard’s credibility. Among other things: Vásquez provided photo after photo of Hurd unharmed that was taken in the wake of the actor’s abuse allegations and reiterated that Heard had reneged on his promises to waive her divorce settlement from Depp.
The responses to her in the court of public opinion are reminiscent of Johnny Cochran’s role in the mid-1990s during the OJ Simpson trial. One of the commentators on Vasquez’s objection announced it on TikTok as “Hermione’s Law”. Another gushed: “I love how you know when Amber is playing with words, and she stops them right away.”
Vasquez’s interactions with Depp led to online rumors of a romantic tangle between the two – an idea that was Vasquez laughing When a photographer proposed to him outside the courtroom. (Vazquez is said to have been involved with a British realtor.) Most likely, Depp and Vasquez’s joint touches and hugs were designed – as body language experts predicted – to make Depp looks softer.
Her stellar role is further evidence of the bizarre way this defamation trial has become a blockbuster made for TV. To have a high-profile lawyer on the court is one thing, and to have a lawyer with her own set of fans is quite another.