Lawyer Camille Vasquez, who became a media sensation representing actor Johnny Depp in his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, has joined the news division of the NBC network as a legal analyst.
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Vasquez made her first appearance on NBC on Monday morning, when “Today” host Hoda Kotb introduced the attorney as an “NBC News legal analyst.” His first assignment was to comment on the murders of the four college students in Idaho.
“I am thrilled to join the NBC family as a legal analyst. I grew up watching the show Today and it is a real privilege to now be part of a dedicated, world-class team,” Ms. Vasquez told the New York Post.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the American media would have engaged in fierce competition to obtain the services of Vasquez. Indeed, there would be “at least three national news divisions” that tried unsuccessfully to hire her as an analyst or contributor.
Vasquez rose to fame last year during the trial of Johnny Depp and Amber Heard, which was publicly broadcast and covered live by television networks and on social platforms, where she served as Depp’s lead counsel alongside by Benjamin Chew.
The attorney secured a major win of nearly $15 million in damages six months ago. In December, the file was concluded, ending any further appeal.
Analysis of Idaho Murders
On his first day on the network, Vasquez provided an analysis of the fallout from the arrest of Brian Kohberger, the suspect in custody for the murders of four college students in Idaho, United States.
The attorney said prosecutors have an “extremely strong” case against Kohberger. “The police and the investigators are not there to tell us everything they have,” she said. “They want to put in enough to get probable cause for a judge to sign that search warrant.”
She was also asked about Internet users carefully analyzing the murder case in Idaho, an issue that the lawyer knows well after the Depp and Heard case. The trial between the two actors dominated social media for several days, where thousands of people were commenting on the testimonies.
“It became something that really captivated the country,” Vasquez said. “And people want to talk about evidence, talk about human impact, and they’re students, right? I think this may be useful to investigators, they asked for information on the white Elantra [du suspect du meurtre]but it can be detrimental when you name someone.”
Vasquez has been a partner at Brown Rudnick since the Johnny Depp trial, where she also serves as co-chair of the law firm’s brand and reputation management group.