Johnny Depp’s glamorous attorney, Camille Vasquez, has become a household name in recent days thanks to her cutthroat cross-examination of the actor’s ex-wife, Amber Heard, at her blockbuster libel trial in Virginia.
But while the right-wing Eagle, 37, has ravaged Heard on the stand, she has been much more affectionate with her “Edward Scissorhands” star client, 58. One body language expert has even suggested that their interactions paint Depp as a cinematic “romantic hero.”
At various points during the trial, Vasquez was seen smiling supportively at Depp and even hugging him in the courtroom.
Some on social media have speculated that the couple is an item with Vasquez keep quiet about romantic rumours as she left the courthouse on Wednesday.
But a body image expert says the affectionate exchange between the two is likely manufactured to make Depp appear softer and more personable – almost like a “romantic hero” from one of his older films.
“It looks flirty, but that’s probably the point,” expert Judi James told the Daily Mail on Thursday. “If a picture is worth a thousand words, then those ‘words’ look straight out of the pages [romance publishing company] Mills & Blessings.
“Your behavior in court puts Depp back in the role of the romantic hero,” James continued. “For Depp’s loyal fans, these dramatic rituals will come as an acknowledgment. ‘If this smart, beautiful woman thinks he’s fine, then maybe he is,’ will be the implicit message.”
A photo of Vasquez hugging Depp while closing her eyes and smiling contentedly was beamed around the world. But James believes it was all rehearsed for the cameras, describing it as a “moving piece of body language theatre.”
Meanwhile, Depp was seen returning Vasquez’s loving displays, pulling out her chair and whispering in her ear.
The actions make the actor appear gentle and charming – a contrast to the violent and unpredictable persona ex-wife Heard described in the Stand.
Meanwhile, James said the decision to have Vasquez Heard cross-examined was similarly deliberate, claiming that having a “fresh, smart, fragrant and confident-looking” woman grilling the “Aquaman” actress helps to cast further doubt on the claims that Depp was abusive.
During cross-examination, there were numerous irritated conversations between Vasquez and Heard, with the attorney pestering the actress as to why there were no medical records stemming from an alleged assault in March 2015.
In a separate showdown, Vasquez got Heard to admit that she hadn’t yet donated the entire divorce settlement to charity like she promised. Heard insisted that she “promised” to give away the money but was unable to “fulfill the commitments.”
Vasquez graduated from Southwestern Law School in LA in 2010 and from the University of Southern California in 2006. She was named One to Watch by The Best Lawyers in America for 2021-2022.
Depp is suing Heard for defamation over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed the actress wrote in which she said she was a victim of sexual violence.
She didn’t specifically name Depp in the article, but it was written after Heard sought a restraining order against her ex-husband in 2016 over allegations of abuse.
Depp is seeking $50 million in damages. Heard has filed a $100 million counterclaim.