Who is Camille Vasquez? Johnny Depp lawyer’s poker-faced Amber Heard cross-examination video goes viral

Lauren Frias 

Actor Johnny Depp stands next to his lawyer, Camille Vasquez, after a break in the courtroom at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Va., Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Kevin Lamarque/Pool Photo via AP

  • Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez went viral in her intense cross-examination of Amber Heard.
  • Heard took the stand earlier this week as part of Depp’s $50 million defamation lawsuit against her.
  • Videos of Vasquez questioning Heard garnered hundreds of millions of views on social media.

Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez has taken center stage in the actor’s high-profile defamation case earlier this week after clips of her tough cross-examination of Amber Heard went viral on social media.

The Orange County-based attorney is representing Depp in his $50 million defamation suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard over a 2018 op-ed she penned for The Washington Post insinuating she was a survivor of domestic abuse. Though not mentioned by name in the op-ed, Depp accused Heard of costing him acting roles and tarnishing his reputation in the entertainment industry. Heard is countersuing for $100 million. 

Vasquez, who is among Depp’s eight-person legal team, works as a litigation associate for the international law firm Brown Rudnick, focusing on plaintiff-side defamation suits, according to her biography on the firm’s website. After graduating from the University of Southern California in 2006 and Southwestern Law School in 2010, she was recognized last year among the «Ones to Watch» by the legal publication Best Lawyers.

Vasquez did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment. 

On Monday, the 37-year-old lawyer sparred with Heard on the stand during her cross-examination, pressing the actor on various incidents that she alleged happened during her tumultuous relationship with Depp.

At one point of the cross-examination, Vasquez asked Heard about the $7 million divorce settlement she received in October 2018 following her split from Depp, which Heard pledged to donate to the American Civil Liberties Union and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

«Sitting here today, you have not donated the $7 million — donated, not pledged, donated — the $7 million divorce settlement to charity,» Vasquez said during the trial.

«I use pledge and donation synonymous with one another,» Heard responded, to which Vasquez said, «But I don’t.»

«Ms. Heard, respectfully, that’s not my question,» the lawyer continued.

After further questioning by Vasquez, Heard revealed she had never completed the donations she pledged because «Johnny sued me.»

In another heated moment during the cross-examination, Vasquez grilled Heard on the couple’s March 2015 fight in Australia, in which Heard testified that Depp violated her with an alcohol bottle. When Depp previously took the stand regarding the altercation, he accused Heard of throwing a bottle at him, which he said made contact with his hand and severed his finger.

«You’re the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, isn’t that right, Ms. Heard?» Vasquez asked. «You weren’t scared of him at all, were you?»

«I have a mixed relationship with Johnny, and one in which I am scared, and one in which I love him very much,» Heard replied.

Vasquez responded: «I’m not talking about your mixed relationship. That night in Australia, after you cut off his finger with a bottle — you weren’t scared of him at all, were you?»

Videos of Vasquez’s intense line of questioning and near-constant objections gained viral fame on social media, with #CamilleVasquez garnering more than 835 million views on TikTok. Social media users praised the lawyer, saying she was «on fire» during the cross-examination and calling her a «queen.»

Earlier this week, baseless speculation began to swirl around the nature of Vasquez’s relationship to Depp after video and photos of the pair hugging and joking around the courthouse fueled rumors that they were dating.

When asked by a reporter outside the courthouse whether she was romantically involved with Depp, Vasquez laughed but didn’t answer. 

Neither Depp nor Vasquez has said anything to suggest they have a romantic relationship. One person close to Depp previously told Insider that their relationship is nothing more than professional.


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