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A representative for Amber Heard speaks out about Johnny Depp’s lawyers giving interviews following the defamation lawsuit.
Camille Vasquez and Ben Chew, Depp’s attorneys, will conduct interviews on “Good Morning America” and the “Today” show on Wednesday, and a spokesperson for Heard called the recent appearances “a victory lap.”
“It is as unseemly as it is unprofessional that Johnny Depp’s legal team chose to take a victory lap for setting back the way women can be treated in the courtroom by decades. What’s Next? A film contract and merchandising?” the spokesperson shared with Fox News Digital.
Depp sued Heard for defamation after the actress wrote an op-ed in 2018 in which she called herself a survivor of domestic violence. Although she didn’t mention Depp by name, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor claimed the article affected his career.
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Depp was initially awarded $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. However, the judge reduced the punitive damages to $350,000 due to Virginia law.
Since the start of the trial, Depp’s lawyers have been praised on social media for helping the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ star win his libel suit.
On Tuesday, news broke that Vasquez became a partner at her law firm after work she did on the Depp case. The 37-year-old was a partner at Brown Rudnick when the trial began.
“We are thrilled to welcome Camille to the partnership,” Brown Rudnick CEO William Baldiga said in a press release. “Historically, we have reserved this announcement for the end of our fiscal year. But Camille’s performance at Johnny Depp’s trial proved to the world that she’s ready to take that next step now.
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“We are incredibly proud of her and look forward to what she will accomplish as a new partner.”
Also on Tuesday, Depp made his TikTok debut in which he shared a video thanking his fans for their “unwavering” support throughout the trial.
Meanwhile, after the verdict, Heard’s sister, Whitney Heard Henriquez, shared a message of support for her sister.
“I’m always with you sissy,” Henriquez wrote on Instagram. “Yesterday, today and tomorrow, I will always be proud of you for standing up for yourself, for testifying both here in Virginia and in the UK, and for being the voice of so many who cannot speak about the things that happen behind closed doors. We knew this was going to be an uphill battle and the cards were stacked against us. But you stood up and spoke regardless.
Henriquez testified on Heard’s behalf at the trial.
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“I am so honored to testify for you, and I would do it a million times over because I know what I saw and because the truth is forever on your side,” she continued. “I’m so sorry that it wasn’t reflected in the decision made by this jury, but I will never abandon you, and neither will those who stand by you. Always by your side…”
Henriquez accused Depp of hitting her during the now infamous stair fight that happened in 2015.
“I’m standing up there with my back to the stairs. That’s when Johnny runs up the stairs,” she told jurors. “He comes up behind me, hits me on the back. I hear Amber scream, ‘Don’t hit my fucking sister.’ She hits it, grabs one.”
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Last week, Heard’s attorney, Elaine Bredehoft, sounded off on “CBS Mornings” and NBC’s “TODAY” show, a day after the defamation lawsuit concluded and turned the verdict into a message about women and domestic violence charges going forward.
In her CBS appearance, Heard’s attorney described Depp’s win as a “major setback for women,” citing the actress’ “tremendous amount of evidence” and telling hosts Gayle King, Tony Dukoupil and Nate Burleson that much of this evidence had been “suppressed”. “
The lawyer also used both channels to discuss the influence of social media on the decision of the jurytelling NBC’s “TODAY” show that jurors no doubt witnessed the social media frenzy surrounding the high-profile case because “they have families” and personal lives too.
Fox News’ Taylor Penley and Lauryn Overhultz contributed to this report.
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