Camille Vasquez is aware of those online Johnny Depp romance rumors.
Over the course of the six-week defamation trial, Vasquez, one of Depp’s lead attorneys, became the subject of social media speculation. One prevailing storyline spun by viewers who obsessively tuned in to the live-streamed court case involved speculation Vasquez was dating her movie-star client.
A source close to the trial dispelled the rumor mid-May, telling PEOPLE it was “entirely, 100 percent, unequivocally untrue.”
In a new interview, Vasquez talked about the false speculation, “I guess it comes with the territory of being a woman just doing her job.”
She continues, “It’s disappointing that certain outlets kind of ran with it or said that my interactions with Johnny — who is a friend and I’ve known and represented for four-and-a-half years now — that my interactions in any way were inappropriate or unprofessional. That’s disappointing to hear.”
“I care very deeply about my clients, and we have obviously become close. But when I say we, I mean the entire team, and of course that includes Johnny,” says Vasquez. “And, I’m Cuban and Colombian. I’m tactile. What do you want me to say? I hug everyone. And I’m not ashamed about that.”
Vasquez explains that “my work is my love” and “when I love, I love really deeply.”
Of Depp, the lawyer adds, “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.”