Camille Vasquez BLASTED for 'undermining DV victims' by claiming Johnny Depp was 'too drunk' to attack Amber Heard

'Genuinely can’t believe Camille Vasquez basically said 'how can you be abused if the abuser is an off-balance alcoholic,'' read one tweet

Camille Vasquez BLASTED for 'undermining DV victims' by claiming Johnny Depp was 'too drunk' to attack Amber Heard
Camille Vasquez attends a benefit event on September 10, 2022, in Beverly Hills, California (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images)
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Camille Vasquez, who shot to global fame after representing Johnny Depp in his defamation trial against Amber Heard, is now facing backlash for claiming that her client wouldn't have harmed his ex-wife when he was "too drunk and high" to stand up.

The 38-year-old attorney became an instant celebrity thanks to her cross examinations during the 2022 trial between the exes. However, her recent comments in the Discovery+ documentary 'Johnny vs Amber: The U.S. Trial' appear to have sparked a wave of criticism against her. The trial between Depp, 59, and Heard, 36, dominated the news cycle from April until June 2022, with Depp eventually winning his lawsuit against Heard over an op-ed she penned in 2018 claiming to be a survivor of domestic abuse. Depp won three counts of defamation, while Heard won on one. Both sides are reportedly appealing the verdicts, with Heard roping in a fresh legal team to represent her. 

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The new documentary, which has aired, goes behind the scenes of the courtroom drama and reveals the tactics used by Depp's legal team ahead of the appellate court case. Lawyers Vasquez and Benjamin Chew feature prominently in the new film, which captures tactical discussions between them, Newsweek reported.

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However, one statement by Vasquez in the documentary seems to have hit a nerve, especially among those familar with domestic abuse. "That's one part of the case I've never understood," she says while discussing Heard's testimony regarding Depp's behavior. "He's either drunk and high and incapable of even standing up, or he's drunk and high and able to attack her, chase her, land blows? It just doesn't make sense."

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Social media was inundated with criticisms of the star attorney over her comments. "This just in, Camille Vasquez doesn't think drunk or drugged people can assault anyone. I'm sure victims all over the world would disagree. Absolutely silly," one tweeted. "Genuinely can’t believe Camille Vasquez basically said 'how can you be abused if the abuser is an off-balance alcoholic,'" another wrote. "Just remembering for no reason whatsoever that the main proponents of prohibition were women who were tired of being beaten to a bloody pulp by their drunk husbands and it was easier to ban alcohol than ban men I guess," someone else offered.

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"Imagine being a lawyer representing DV and not understanding that different drugs can affect your mind/body differently. She’s also undermining how many IPV/DV victims suffer at the hands of partners who abuse substances," another fumed, adding, "I genuinely loathe Camille Vasquez because of how all her defenses surrounding DV and IPV stem from stereotypes and victim-blaming tropes. Nobody would be taking her seriously if her target wasn’t Amber, she is genuinely bad at her job."

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Despite the criticism, Vasquez made a name for herself as one of the driving forces behind Depp's victory in his multi-million defamation case against Heard.

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Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, attorneys for US actor Johnny Depp, arrive to speak to reporters outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on June 01, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. A US jury found Wednesday that US actress Amber Heard had made defamatory claims of abuse against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, and awarded him $15 million in damages.
Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, attorneys for US actor Johnny Depp, arrive to speak to reporters outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse on June 01, 2022, in Fairfax, Virginia. A US jury found that US actress Amber Heard had made defamatory claims of abuse against her ex-husband Johnny Depp, and awarded him $15 million in damages. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

As MEAWW previously reported, she's now taking on another big client as 'Yellowstone’ star Q’orianka Kilcher looks for legal counsel. The actress has been one of the breakout stars of the hit series but has found herself in a legal soup for alleged worker’s compensation fraud charges. Kilcher pled not guilty to the charges last month and is due in court with all-star attorney Vasquez to represent her.

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