Camille Vasquez, Johnny Depp's lawyer, calls romance allegations 'sexist'

Camille Vasquez, Johnny Depp's lawyer, called reports of a romance with the actor 'unethical' and 'sexist.'

Vasquez, who rose to prominence during Depp's high-profile defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, claimed in a new interview that she was disappointed that some thought her interactions with the actor were "inappropriate or unprofessional."

"I genuinely care about my clients, and we have clearly grown close." But when I say we, I mean the entire team, which of course includes Johnny," Vasquez told People, adding that the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star has been a friend and client of hers for four and a half years.

Enlarge ImageJohnny Depp and attorney Camille Vasquez.
Johnny Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez has addressed rumors that she is dating the star.
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“It’s also an unethical charge being made. It’s sexist,” she said. “It’s unfortunate and it’s disappointing, but at the same time it kind of comes with the territory. I can’t say I was all that surprised.”

Vasquez defended her and Depp’s interactions in court, saying that she’s “Cuban and Colombian.”

Enlarge ImageJohnny Depp's attorneys Benjamin Chew and Camille Vasquez in court.
Vasquez has denied having a romantic relationship with her client.
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“I’m tactile. What do you want me to say? I hug everyone. And I’m not ashamed about that,” she said, adding, “This man was fighting for his life and it broke my heart to see him day in and day out have to sit there and listen to the most horrific allegations being made against him.

“And if I could provide any bit of comfort, then of course I would do that, whether it’s holding his hand or letting him know that we were there and we were going to fight for him because he deserved it.”

Enlarge ImageActor Johnny Depp talks with his attorney Camille Vasquez.
The attorney claims that many misinterpreted her body language with Depp during the trial.
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Vasquez described her relationship with partner Edward Owen as "very happy."

During Depp's six-week trial, the attorney immediately developed a following for her harsh cross-examination of Heard. Vasquez stated that the newfound attention was "a little overwhelming" after the trial, in which Depp won $15 million.

"But if I can inspire young women to go to law school, study, and work hard, then it was all worth it," she remarked on "GMA" on Wednesday.

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