A week after Johnny Depp won the libel suit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, his attorneys Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew opened up about the actor’s response to the verdict. In a new interview, Camille called the verdict “overwhelmingly positive” for Johnny. They also answered a question as to why the jury didn’t believe Amber. Benjamin said that while Johnny was “owned by his problems,” Amber seemingly “took nothing responsible.” (Read also | Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez is promoted to her company a week after the actor’s win in a defamation lawsuit†
The jury awarded Johnny $10 million in damages and $5 million in punitive damages on June 1. It also awarded Amber $2 million in compensatory damages on a counterclaim, based on statements by a lawyer for Johnny, who called the abuse allegations a “hoax.”
Speaking to TODAY, Camille Vasquez revealed Johnny’s reaction to the court’s decision. “An overwhelming sense of relief. I spoke to a mutual friend of Johnny’s and ours and he said, ‘I haven’t seen Johnny smile like this in six years.’ The verdict is overwhelmingly positive for Johnny.”
Benjamin said: “The weight of the world is off his shoulder. He has his life back. We had ultimate confidence in Johnny, the jury and the facts of this case. One can only hope that the jury will see and this case they did the verdict was overwhelmingly in his favor Johnny owned his problems he was very candid about his alcohol and drug problems and he was candid about some unfortunate lyrics he wrote i think it was in stark contrast with Miss Heard, who didn’t appear, or at least the jury saw that she took no responsibility for anything. We’re confident there are no mistakes that would warrant a successful appeals process.”
They were also asked about an online campaign for Johnny as #justiceforamberheard has 27 million views on TikTok and #justiceforjohnnydepp has 20 billion views. When asked that Amber’s lawyers claimed it was due to an “orchestrated campaign” on behalf of Johnny, they called it “completely baseless,” “absolutely absurd” and “categorically false.”
Johnny has sued Amber over an op-ed the actor wrote in the Washington Post. She claimed to be a survivor of domestic violence in the opinion but did not specifically identify Johnny as the abuser. She later accused him of abuse at trial for defamation. Johnny sued for defamation and demands $50 million in damages. Amber demanded a $100 million counterclaim, accusing him of defamation.
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