After Johnny Depp, Camille Vasquez 'determined to defend' 'Yellowstone’ star Q’orianka Kilcher in fraud case
Johnny Depp’s star attorney Camille Vasquez is set to defend another big client as 'Yellowstone’ star Q’orianka Kilcher looks for legal counsel. The 'Yellowstone' actress has been one of the breakout stars of the hit series but is under legal trouble for alleged worker’s compensation fraud charges. Kilcher pled not guilty to the charges last month and is due to court with all-star attorney Vasquez to represent her. She made a name for herself as one of the driving forces behind Depp's victory in the multi-million defamation suit he filed against ex-wife Amber Heard in Virginia.
Camille, who joined Brown Rudnick LLP in 2018 as a litigation attorney and was offered a partner position shortly after her big win with the Depp trial, will work alongside Steve Cook, another partner at the firm with a focus on white-collar defense investigations. According to a TMZ report, Vasquez and Brown told they are "determined to defend" Kilcher in her case, which was filed by the California Department of Insurance in July and claims she collected disability benefits while working on the popular drama despite claiming she was too injured to work.
"We are determined to defend Ms. Kilcher in this important case which examines the inherent flaws in the disability compensation system," they shared in a statement. "Ms. Kilcher is a well-respected and pioneering actress in Hollywood, and we intend to clear her name." Sources claimed Kilcher is "10% disabled for the rest of her life" following a car collision she was involved in nearly four years ago while working on set.
Kilcher allegedly garnered "over $90,000 in disability benefits" and misrepresented injuries to medical providers in an investigation released over the summer. The claim stated Kilcher "allegedly injured her neck and right shoulder" while acting in the movie "Dora and the Lost City of Gold" in October 2018. She proceeded to seek treatment for her injuries, but stopped and "did not respond to the insurance company handling her claim on behalf of her employer." One year later, she contacted the insurance company seeking treatment as she had been offered work but was unable to accept the job "because her neck pain was too severe."
She reportedly received $96,838 in "undeserved disability benefits" from October 14, 2019, through September 9, 2021. Kilcher is reportedly returning for season five of the hit Kevin Costner show created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, which also stars Kelly Reilly and Luke Grimes. She'll be resuming her role as Angela Blue Thunder, according to Deadline.