Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Discuss Case: Social Media Didn’t Sway Jury

Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Discuss Case: Social Media Didn’t Sway Jury

Ben Chew and Camille Vasquez, the lawyers who represented Johnny Depp in the recent defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heardmade joint appearances on talk shows after the trial concluded.

On Wednesday, the two made appearances on ABC”hello america“and NBC”Today’s showto discuss the affair, which ended last week with Depp and Heard to be rewarded compensatory damages, although Depp receives significantly more.

On “Good Morning America,” the two were asked by George Stephanopoulos about two points raised repeatedly by Heard’s camp and victims’ advocacy groups. When asked if social media influenced the jury, Chew replied, “Social media played no role. It was a decision made by the jury based on the evidence presented by both sides, and as Camille said [earlier in the interview]it was overwhelmingly in favor of Mr. Depp.

Savannah Guthrie asked the duo a similar question on “Today,” and they said that while social media and the 24/7 news cycle are inevitable, they believe the jury was unswayed.

“No, I don’t think there’s any reason to believe the jurors violated their oath,” Chew said. “And again, this suggestion was disappointing to hear [from Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft].”

“It’s everywhere, but at the same time they got a warning every night,” Vasquez said. “They had tremendous respect for the court and the process, and they did their best.”

Stephanopoulos also asked the couple about criticism that the verdict would have, as he paraphrased victims’ advocacy groups, “a chilling effect on victims of domestic violence and it’s a blow to the #MeToo movement.”

“I think our response to that is that we encourage any victim to come forward,” Vasquez said. “Domestic violence has no gender.” When pressed further, she went on to say, “We don’t [think is has any negative impact to the #MeToo movement]. We believe the verdict speaks for itself, the facts are what they were, the jury made a unanimous decision based on those facts.

The lawsuit began when Depp, the plaintiff in the case, sued Heard on three counts of defamation, claiming that an op-ed she published in The Washington Post in 2018 for damaging her reputation and stalled his career, although he was not mentioned by name. in the piece. A year before the editorial was published, Heard and Depp divorced after two years of marriage. Heard alleged that Depp abused her throughout the relationship.

In 2020, ahead of the US trial, the High Court in London ruled against Depp in a separate defamation case spawned by Depp suing The Sun for writing about the abuse allegations. The British court ruled that he assaulted Heard in 12 of the 14 alleged incidents. Despite the previous verdict, the jury in the US trial ruled in favor of all three counts of defamation brought by Depp and ruled in favor of a single count of defamation brought by Heard in his application. counterclaim.

The verdict caused significant controversy in the days following the trial. Heard’s lawyer, Bredehoft, during a talk show appearance on “Today”, publicly stated that her client considering appealing The verdict.

Ahead of Chew and Vasquez’s appearances, a spokesperson for Heard sent a statement regarding their appearances to Variety.

“It is as unbecoming as it is unprofessional that Johnny Depp’s legal team chose to take a victory lap for setting back decades the way women can be treated in the courtroom,” the statement read. . “What next? A film and merchandising deal?”

Since the trial delivered its verdict, Heard has remained largely out of public view, releasing only a single statement on social networks. Depp has been much more active, announcing a new collaborative album with Jeff Beck and joining TikTok, where he thanked his “loyal fans” for their support.

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