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Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez said his defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard needed a woman – and she was the lucky attorney chosen for the job, according to a new report.
Vasquez, 38, made the remarks in a teaser for a sit-down interview with “CBS Mornings” Gayle King that airs Friday.
“This case called for a woman’s perspective, and I was the lucky person chosen to do this job,” she told the host, wearing her signature white skirt suit.
Vasquez famously conducted the cross-examination of the 36-year-old “Aquaman” actress, grilling Heard on glaring inconsistencies in her testimony.
The young attorney became a celebrity in her own right during the sensational live-streamed Virginia trial that ended June 1 with a jury awarding Depp $10.35 million in damages over a Washington Post op-ed Heard wrote referring to herself as a victim of domestic abuse.
Heard won $2 million in her countersuit against the 59-year-old “Black Mass” star.
Attorney Camille Vasquez embracesJohnny Depp in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 17, 2022. (Brendan Smialowski/ Getty)
“Do you feel lucky? Is lucky the word?” King asked Vasquez in the teaser.
“I think so, yeah,” she replied. “I mean, I think hard work and luck — you can’t underestimate there was a combination there.”
She said she had been working with Depp for four and a half years on various litigation matters when he handpicked her for the defamation proceeding in Fairfax County Circuit Court, in Virginia.
Johnny Depp and his attorney Camille Vasquez during a break in the Depp vs Heard defamation trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Fairfax, Virginia, on May 19, 2022. (Shawn Thew/Getty)
“This case obviously was the most personal to him,” she said. “It was important to have a woman on the team.”
Last week, Heard announced that she would appeal the verdict. Depp’s legal team responded by also filing a notice of appeal in regard to the single claim his ex-wife won against him.
Amber Heard leaves the Fairfax County Circuit Court in Virginia following jury verdict awarding Johnny Depp $10.35 million on June 1. (Win McNamee/Getty)
Vasquez said it was “standard legal procedure” to ensure the Virginia Court of Appeals has the full record of the trial.
King asked Vasquez if it’s a fair statement to say that Depp wouldn’t have appealed if Heard had not.
“That’s a very fair statement,” she replied.
Rebecca Rosenberg is a veteran journalist and book author with a focus on crime and criminal justice. Email tips to email@example.com and @ReRosenberg.