'It's not a job I took lightly': Camille Vasquez reveals why she was chosen to represent Johnny Depp
In a teaser clip from her sit-down interview with now well-known attorney Camilla Vasquez on 'CBS Mornings', host Gayle King asked Vasquez actor Johnny Depp specifically chose her for his high-profile defamation case against his former wife Amber Heard. “It was important to have a woman on the team,” the 38-year-old lawyer answered.
King further asked her to explain the reason why she was chosen, to which Vasquez replied, "This case called for a woman's perspective." Vasquez added, "And I was the lucky person chosen to do this job." "Do you feel lucky? Is lucky the word?" King interrupted again. "I think so, yeah," said Vasquez. "I think hard work and luck - you can't underestimate there was a combination there. Of course, it's a tremendous amount of hours, but it's also a little bit of luck, and it's not a job that I took lightly," she said, adding, “This was his name, this was his life. It was important.”
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EXCLUSIVE: @GayleKing sits down with attorney Camille Vasquez, who represented Johnny Depp in his defamation trial win against ex-wife Amber Heard, for her first interview since Heard filed a motion to appeal. pic.twitter.com/uf3Rqrn3vH— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) July 27, 2022
The interview comes just a week after Heard filed a motion to appeal the jury's decision ordering her to pay Depp $10 million in damages in the defamation trial. The appeal was filed at a court in Fairfax County, Virginia.
The seven jurors determined that Heard defamed her ex-husband Depp by claiming he physically abused her during their relationship. They awarded the 'Edward Scissorhands' star $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages, even though punitive damages in Virginia are limited to $350,000.
After the defamation case concluded in Depp's favor, Vasquez became an overnight star. TikTok was initially convinced that the young attorney was involved in a romantic relationship with the 59-years-old actor, but her blazing cross-examination questions and commanding presence on behalf of her client quickly left a lasting impression. Among thousands of fans of Vasquez, a tattoo artist named Jazzmyn Wollfe, 27, permanently inked herself with Vasquez’s silhouette and her famous “objection” line.
On July 15, fans captured a video of Vasquez reuniting with Depp at one of his European concerts. The 'Charlie and the Chocolate Factory' star was also introduced to her boyfriend, British businessman Edward Owen, 38.
King and Vasquez’s full conversation will air on Thursday, July 28, on 'CBS Mornings' at 7 am.