Johnny Depp’s lawyer Camille Vasquez is “very happy in [her] relationship” and dislikes the ongoing rumors of romance between herself and her client.
“It is unethical for us to date our clients,” she told PEOPLE.
Vasquez was one of Depp’s leading attorneys during the six-week long defamation trial. One of the most popular rumors concerning the trial is speculation that Vazquez is dating her “movie star client.”
Per PEOPLE, a source close to Vasquez has responded to the rumors, saying that they are “entirely, 100 percent, unequivocally untrue.”
In a new interview with PEOPLE, Vasquez addressed the speculation, saying “l guess it comes with the territory of being a woman just doing her job.”
She continues, adding “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.”
Vasquez told PEOPLE that she cares about her clients “deeply” and that the whole team has become close, not just her and Depp. “I’m Cuban and Colombian. I’m tactile.” Vasquez says. “What do you want me to say? I hug everyone. And I’m not ashamed about that.”
The lawyer admits that Johnny’s case “broke her heart.”
“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.” Vasquez said. “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.”
Vasquez explains that she already has a boyfriend, and that they are both “very happy” with the relationship.
Camille Vasquez called the rampant rumors “sexist,” adding that she “can’t say [she] was all that surprised.”
The attorney, who was recently made partner at the Brown Rudnick law firm, has also become a sort of internet celebrity due to her impressive handling of the case. She’s developed somewhat of a fan base, something she admits she “didn’t see coming.”
“It’s funny, but also it’s surreal,” she tells PEOPLE. “It’s overwhelming, but I really believe that to the extent that I could inspire young women to stay in school, work hard and maybe pursue a career in law, then it was all worth it because that’s what’s important at the end of the day.”