Millions of viewers around the world tune in to watch legal battle between two Hollywood heavyweights: Johnny Depp and Amber Heard.
As the drama unfolds, a new star takes the limelight: Camilla Vasquez, of the actor’s legal defense team.
The California lawyer, of Latin origin, attracted the attention of millions amid the libel suit his client filed against Heard.
Vasquez, 37 years old, became an unexpected and unintended co-star in the processwinning fans for its hard-hitting legal style.
T-shirts with his name and hashtags who praise it are multiplying on social networks.
A two-minute video of Vasquez repeatedly interrupting Heard’s lawyer to ‘oppose him’, a legal term used to file a formal protest in court, has been amassed more than 27 million views on TikTok In a few days.
The viral clip has even spawned parodies on social media, in which users “object” to their friends and family in conversation. Added together, TikTok videos that use the hashtags #CamilleVasquez rack up hundreds of millions of views.
“I’m still a Johnny Depp fan,” read one of several tweets about the case. “But now I’m also a die-hard Camille Vasquez fan.”
Who is the lawyer who catches the attention of viewers watching the trial?
Born in San Francisco with Cuban and Colombian ancestry, Vasquez graduated as a lawyer in 2010 from Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.
since four years is a partner at Brown Rudnick, the high profile law firm hired by Johnny Depp to represent him in his $50 million defamation case against Heard. She is one of nine firm attorneys involved in the lawsuit.
In 2021, she is named one of the lawyers One to watch [alguien a quien prestar atención] of the magazine Best Lawyer [“Mejor abogado”]. He specializes in litigation and arbitration, with a focus on defamation cases, as he does for Depp.
However, for his new followers, Vasquez is perhaps best known for her numerous objections and a series of tense exchanges with Heard.
During two days of cross-examination, Vasquez attempted to cast doubt on Heard’s account of his troubled marriage to Depp hoping the jurors will see inconsistencies in his claims.
“You were the one who assaulted someone with a bottle in Australia, weren’t you, Mrs. Heard?” Vasquez asked in an exchange referring to a chaotic 2015 brawl in Australia in which Heard alleges that Depp sexually assaulted her with a bottle. “You weren’t afraid of him at all, were you?” the lawyer scolded her.
Other memorable moments from the trial include Vasquez questioning Heard about the fate of $7 million previously committed to charity, accusing her of editing photos of herself with bruises and, in one instance, suggesting that she partly owes her blockbuster to Depp.
“Johnny Depp landed you that role in Aquamanis not it ? asked Vasquez.
Vasquez’s fiery defense against Depp also made her a topic of discussion within the movement #Me too against sexual abuse and harassment.
Some critics have accused her of not believing Heard’s claims or of discrediting her abuse allegations.
“Thanks to Camille Vasquez for taking feminism back 50 years in less than two hours”said one Twitter user. “History will not remember you kindly.”
Her followers, on the other hand, praise her for what they see as defense of human rights victims of domestic violence and as a possible model.
Whether Vasquez’s popularity with Depp supporters will translate into success in court remains to be seen.
“It’s hard to know if the reaction of the public online is the same as that of the jurors,” Halim Dhanidina, a lawyer and former judge, told The Associated Press. TheDailyBeast.
However, Dhanidina said that Vasquez’s popularity suggests trial an ‘uphill battle’ for Heard. “The public doesn’t like you, and they even prefer Johnny Depp’s lawyer,” he said. “That must bother you a bit.