Johnny Depp’s Lawyers Say Social Media Played No Part In His Victory
They revealed this during a recent interview the pair did with Good Morning America.
Chew and Vasquez were asked to comment on Amber Heard’s lawyer’s remarks that Johnny Depp won this trial due to social media putting its weight behind the actor.
However, Depp’s lawyers did not agree that it played a part in the jury’s decision to offer Mr Depp $15 million in damages.
Here’s what Mr. Chew had to say on the matter:
Social media played no role whatsoever. This was a decision made by the jury on the evidence presented by both sides, and as Camille said [earlier in the interview], it was overwhelmingly in Mr. Depp’s favour.
“He was over the moon … I feel that finally after six years he's gotten his life back.”
— Good Morning America (@GMA) June 8, 2022
Johnny Depp’s lawyers don’t think social media played a part in his victory
Savannah Guthrie asked the duo a similar question on the Today programme.
The pair added that even though social media and the 24/7 news cycle are unavoidable, they believe the jury was not swayed by what was going on on platforms such as Twitter and YouTube.
“No, I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that the jurors violated their oath” Chew said.
“And again, that suggestion was disappointing to hear [from Heard’s lawyer Elaine Bredehoft].”
“It is everywhere, but at the same time, they were admonished every single night,” Vasquez added.
“They had a tremendous amount of respect for the court and the process, and they were doing they best that they could.”
They were also asked whether they believed that Depp’s victory had set the #MeToo movement back, as Amber Heard’s lawyer, Elaine Bredehoft had claimed.
“I think our response to that is we encourage any victim to come forward,” Vasquez replied.
“Domestic violence doesn’t have a gender.”
Vasquez continued, saying: “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.”
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