Johnny Depp’s ‘powerhouse’ attorney Camille Vasquez stole the show during

  • A verdict was reached today in the $100 million defamation trial between Depp and Heard $100 with a jury awarding the Pirates of the Caribbean star $15 million in punitive and compensatory damages
  • The judge reduced the punitive damages to the Virginia maximum of $350,000 so the actor will now only receive $8.35million in total after paying Heard the $2 million in compensatory damages she was awarded
  • Every aspect of the trial has been compulsively analyzed by thousands of fans around the world – including the many people who were involved in the case
  • The trial has seen a slew of witnesses who testified on behalf of Heard and
  • Depp and a number of them went on to become viral social media stars afterward
  • Some witnesses were called ‘heroes’ by Twitter users for speaking out – like the ex TMZ reporter who furiously clapped back at Heard’s attorney on the stand
  • Depp’s firebrand lawyer Camille Vasquez has also shot to fame online, with many praising her for ‘annihilating’ Heard during her cross-examination
  • As the trial finally concludes, FEMAIL reveals all of the people who became internet sensations and earned online fame from their involvement

The verdict is finally in for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s highly controversial $100 million defamation trial, with the jury ruling firmly in favor of the Pirates of the Caribbean star, stating that he was defamed by his former spouse who has been ordered to pay him $15 million in punitive and compensatory damages after accusing him of physical and sexual abuse.

Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages out of the $100million she was seeking in her countersuit against her ex-husband. She was awarded zero dollars in punitive damages.

Despite the jury awarding Depp $15 million in total, the judge reduced the $5 million in punitive damages from that amount to the Virginia maximum of $350,000, meaning the actor will now only receive $8.35 million in total after paying Heard $2 million.

The verdict, which was reached after less than three days of deliberation, draws to a close a sensational trial that has been heavily covered by media outlets across the globe, while also being analyzed by thousands of fans online – many of whom have been captivated and stunned by the accusations of abuse raised during the bitter legal battle between Depp, 58, and Heard, 36.

But beyond the many revelations and allegations brought to light during the proceedings, the court case watched around the world has also shot several new faces into the spotlight – from members of the two legal teams to witnesses on the stand.

Some witnesses were lauded as ‘heroes’ online for their bold behavior on the stand – like the ex TMZ reporter who was praised for furiously clapping back at Heard’s attorney when she accused him of using his testimony to gain his 15 minutes of fame – while Depp’s firebrand lawyer Camille Vasquez has quickly become a celebrity in her own right among fans of the actor, many of whom lauded her ‘annihilation’ of Heard on the stand.

Depp and Heard – who tied the knot in 2015, and were married for one year before Heard filed for divorce in 2016 – have been battling it out in court in recent weeks.

The trial, which took place in Virginia, was held to determine whether a 2018 Washington Post essay written by Heard, in which she accused the actor of domestic abuse, defamed Depp – which a jury has now ruled was in fact the case.

Depp was accused of slapping the American actress three times in 2013, after she laughed at his infamous ‘Wino Forever’ tattoo, and attacking her in a cocaine and alcohol-fueled tirade over accusations that she cheated on him with James Franco.

Attorneys for Heard argued that she told the truth in her piece, and that her opinion was protected as free speech under the U.S. Constitution’s First Amendment.

As the weeks-long trial finally reaches a conclusion, FEMAIL has taken a look back at the all the people who have earned their own form of fame throughout the lengthy legal proceedings.

From Depp’s lawyer and rumored love interest, Vasquez, to his longtime friend who broke down in tears over the accusations, here’s all the people who earned online stardom after participating in the trial.

Ex TMZ reporter Morgan Tremaine was branded a ‘king’ and ‘the MVP’ when he clapped back at Heard’s lawyer after she accused him of only taking the stand to seek ’15 minutes of fame.’

Tremaine, who worked as TMZ’s former field assignment manager, was called by Depp’s team to testify in court last week, in which he discussed a series of photos taken by the gossip site of Heard in 2016.

The pictures in question showed the actress leaving court after filing for a restraining order against Depp, with what appeared to be a bruise on her cheek. But according to Tremaine, they were tipped off about the photo op – although he didn’t specify who gave them the tip.

During her cross examination, Heard’s attorney Elaine Bredehoft accused Tremaine of speaking out about the matter in an attempt to get attention, but he quickly shut those rumors down, explaining that he was actually making himself a ‘target’ by taking the stand and stating, ‘I gain nothing from this.’

He then fired back at the lawyer and told her that he could ‘say the same thing’ about her taking Heard as a client – and his sassy clapback soon took the internet by storm.

‘You know this case is being televised, right?’ Bredehoft asked Tremaine during her cross examination.

‘I am aware that there are cameras,’ he responded.

‘So this gets you your 15 minutes of fame, doesn’t it?’ she then suggested.

Although Depp’s lawyer objected to her question, the judge overruled the objection – prompting Tremaine to turn Bredehoft’s question back on her.

‘I stand to gain nothing from this. I’m actually putting myself in the target of TMZ, a very litigious organization and I’m not seeking any 15 minutes here. But you’re welcome to speculate. I can say the same thing – by taking Amber Heard as a client – for you,’ he fired back.

‘A little argumentative, don’t you think?’ Bredehoft then asked him, taken aback.

Tremaine said, ‘Oh hardly, I find that to be purely logical.’

Depp’s lawyers appeared to be entertained by his response, and they erupted into laughter. Depp let out a small smile as his legal team giggled at the back and forth.

The journalist’s ‘savage burn’ quickly went viral, and many social media users started vehemently supporting the former TMZ staffer.

‘Morgan Tremaine was the mother f**kin’ MVP of the day,’ wrote one person afterwards.

Another added, ‘Yes! Elaine Bredehoft needs some ointment for that burn.’

‘Touché b***h,’ read a third tweet, while someone else said, ‘I want to get this video tattooed on my forehead.’

‘Morgan Tremaine earned his 15 minutes of fame, even though he didn’t want it,’ joked a different user.

‘Savage mode activated,’ wrote another.

Others called the moment ‘absolute gold’ and ‘iconic,’ while one person wrote that he ‘f**king slayed.’

‘Buy that man a beer or 10… Hero,’ gushed someone else.

‘That man sat down and said, “Not today, honey.” Love it,’ wrote a different Twitter user.

Another person added, ‘Mic drop! Amber is done.’

‘This was the best comeback of the trial. Feel sorry for Elaine,’ read another tweet.

‘That snap back,’ wrote one user, alongside a clapping emoji. ‘She shot, he dodged, then shot back at her right between the eyes.’

During his testimony, Tremaine told the jury that the outlet was tipped off when they photographed Heard going to court in Los Angeles, California, in May 2016 – and that it was assumed she was going to ‘display the bruise’ that was allegedly caused by her ex.

He said: ‘The objective was to capture her leaving the courthouse and she was going to stop and turn to the camera and display the bruise.’

While Tremaine did not reveal the source of the tip, he said that it came from a news producer, meaning that it would have been verified.

Heard has testified that she was shocked to see photographers outside the court after a judge awarded her a restraining order against Depp.

The court previously heard claims that Heard’s team leaked the video of Depp smashing up his kitchen to TMZ.

While Tremaine did not confirm this, he said that the video sent to TMZ was shorter than the one shown to the jury, meaning it had been edited.

In the version TMZ received from its anonymous tip line, the part where Heard was ‘sniggering at the camera,’ was cut out, Tremaine said.


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