Last Wednesday, June 8, Ben Chew and Camille Vásquez, Johnny Depp’s lawyers, spoke for the first time since a verdict was decided in their client’s defamation trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard. They did it through the TV show good morning americawhere they made it clear that the intentions of the trial were not economic.
“As Mr. Depp testified and as we made clear in our respective closing arguments, It was never about money for Mr. Depp“Chew explained to the presenter. “It was about restoring his reputation, and he has.“. Likewise, both lawyers argued that social networks and the media debate that was formed regarding the trial did not condition the jury when it came to ruling in favor of Depp. “My opinion is that social networks did not play any role”Chew added. “The jury’s decision was based on the evidence presented by both sides and, as Camille said, it was overwhelmingly in favor of Mr. Depp.”.
In another interview with TodayChew and Vásquez stood firm in their statements about the integrity of the jurors. “I don’t think there is any reason to believe that the jurors violated their oath.”Chew said. For his part, Vásquez admitted that the discussion of the case was “everywhere”but added that the jury “he had tremendous respect for the court and the process” and that they were doing it “the best they could”.
A decision “based on the facts”
Ben Chew has responded to allegations from Amber Heard’s team that Depp and his PR team orchestrated a social media campaign against the actress. He called them “totally unfounded”while Vasquez’s rating was “categorically false”. Before Amber Heard’s response to the final verdict, Camille Vásquez responded forcefully. “I believe that our response to that is to encourage any victim to come to court. Domestic violence has no gender. We believe the verdict speaks for itself, the facts are what they are, the jury made a unanimous decision based on the facts.”.
Although one of the presenters marked the trial as “an uphill battle”Vasquez commented that the key to victory was “focus on facts and evidence, and Johnny’s chance to tell the truth for the first time”.