The highly watched defamation case between Johnny Depp and Amber Heard has been criticized as a media distraction that does not allow for a greater conversation over the complexity surrounding domestic violence. After a week-long break, both sides returned to the courtroom for what is expected to be the last few days of the trial. One of Depp’s lawyers, Camile Vasquez, has taken center stage this week as his team began their cross-examination of Amber Heard.
Vasquez started off by questioning Heard about her relationship with her ex-girlfriend Tasya van Ree in an attempt to prove that she was not actually afraid of Depp. She then went on to ask whether or not she had any financial motivations for filing for divorce from him. The actress responded by saying that she had been struggling financially prior to her divorce because she had recently found out that she had no health insurance coverage through her work contract with Warner Bros., which meant that she had to pay out-of-pocket for medical expenses related to her struggle with alcoholism and depression.
Camille Vasquez is an attorney with Brown Rudnick, a major international law firm. She has been leading the cross-examination for Johnny Depp in his ongoing defamation suit against his former managers.
Her expertise is in “parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.” She was hired to form part of Depp’s team based on her experience in “plaintiff-side defamation suits” and contract litigation.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from Southwestern Law School in 2010.
She was selected to form part of Depp’s team based on her experience representing individuals through defamation suits that arose from ”highly-publicized accusations of criminal conduct.”