One week after the highly publicised case wrapped, Camille Vasquez and Benjamin Chew appeared on Good Morning America to discuss what’s next for their client as they stress it was “never about money” for the actor.
“You all have said the goal is not to impoverish Ms. Heard. Is it possible we could see a settlement where she forgoes the appeal, in return for Mr. Depp waiving any monetary damages?” GMA host George Stephanopoulos asked the legal duo.
“We obviously can’t disclose attorney-client communications, but as Mr Depp testified … this was never about money for Mr Depp,” Chew replied. “This was about restoring his reputation – and he’s done that. It was a total win for Johnny.”
On June 1, after a six-week trial, Depp mostly won his defamation case against his ex-wife, when a seven-person jury awarded him $US10.35 million ($14 million) in damages after they determined Heard defamed him in an op-ed she wrote in The Washington Post back in 2018. The jury also awarded Heard $US2 million ($2.7 million) in her defamation countersuit.
In the interview, Chew also dismissed suggestions social media unfairly swayed the jurors assigned to the case.
“Social media played no role whatsoever. This was a decision made by the jury on the evidence presented by both sides … it was overwhelmingly in Mr. Depp’s favour,” Chew said.
Stephanopoulos also asked the pair about setbacks the verdict may have on domestic violence victims, while also suggesting it could be a blow to the #MeToo movement.
“I think our response to that is we encourage any victim to come forward,” Vasquez said. “Domestic violence doesn’t have a gender. We do not [think is has any negative impact to the #MeToo movement]. We believe that the verdict speaks for itself, the facts are what they were, the jury made a unanimous decision based on those facts.”
Vasquez added that she believes the “key” to Depp’s victory “was the facts and the evidence, and Johnny’s opportunity to speak the truth for the first time”.
“It was six years in the making, and I think he was able to connect with the jury and the general public and tell what really happened in this relationship,” she explained.
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