A body language expert has claimed that Johnny Depp and his firebrand lawyer Camille Vasquez’s ‘intense’ chemistry in court is all a ploy to ‘destroy’ Amber Heard‘s case – comparing their intimate courtroom display to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet‘s characters in The Titanic.

Body language expert Judi James analyzed the non-verbal relationship between Depp, 58, and his lawyer Vasquez, 37, in the courtroom during his $100 million defamation case against ex-wife Heard, 36.

James said that Vasquez’s ‘flirtatious’ behavior is likely a very conscious tactic to try and boost her client’s case, explaining that the romantic gestures between the two are helping Depp to appear more likeable.

‘When someone is trying to clear their name in court the behavior of their legal teams and the way they interact with them will send out very strongly influential non-verbal messages to a jury and, in a case this size, the rest of the world,’ James told DailyMail.com.

A body language expert has claimed that Johnny Depp and his firebrand lawyer Camille Vasquez’s ‘intense’ chemistry in court is all a ploy to ‘destroy’ Amber Heard’s case. They are pictured together in court on Wednesday

Body language expert Judi James analyzed the non-verbal relationship between Depp, 58, and his lawyer Vasquez, 37, in the courtroom during his $100 million defamation case against ex-wife Heard, 36. They are pictured together in court on Tuesday

Body language expert Judi James analyzed the non-verbal relationship between Depp, 58, and his lawyer Vasquez, 37, in the courtroom during his $100 million defamation case against ex-wife Heard, 36. They are pictured together in court on Tuesday

Leaving court like a 'Kardashian coming out of a nightclub': James said that Vasquez (seen on Wednesday) appears to be 'relishing every moment of her new "celebrity" profile', particularly when it comes to strutting her stuff in front of the cameras

Leaving court like a ‘Kardashian coming out of a nightclub’: James said that Vasquez (seen on Wednesday) appears to be ‘relishing every moment of her new “celebrity” profile’, particularly when it comes to strutting her stuff in front of the cameras

Fans started to wonder if romantic feelings had developed between Depp and Vasquez in recent weeks, after they noticed a slew of flirty interactions between the two – including whispering in each other’s ears, giggling together, and sharing coy smirks with one another.

Acting like a 'coyly smitten fan': James claimed that Depp and Vasquez are using these tactics to send the message to Depp's supporters that 'if this smart, beautiful woman thinks he is OK then maybe he is'

Acting like a ‘coyly smitten fan’: James claimed that Depp and Vasquez are using these tactics to send the message to Depp’s supporters that ‘if this smart, beautiful woman thinks he is OK then maybe he is’

Rumors of a budding romance were fueled after a video of the Pirates of the Caribbean star helping the lawyer untangle her iPhone charger went viral on TikTok last month. He was also spotted pulling out her chair for her.

However, James explained that the amorous moments between them are most likely not due to a secret affair, but instead, are all part of a plan to make Depp seem like a ‘romantic hero.’

She said that linking Depp to a ‘fresh, smart, fragrant, and confident-looking woman’ would ‘destroy’ Heard’s recount of their toxic relationship.

Depp and Heard tied the knot in 2015, and were married for one year before Heard filed for divorce in 2016. The trial, which is still underway in Virginia, is attempting to determine if a 2018 Washington Post essay written by Heard, in which she described being the victim of domestic abuse, defamed Depp. 

James continued: ‘As a dejected, weeping Amber details her relationship with Depp in the witness box, what better weapon to wheel in to try to destroy her version of the marriage than this fresh, smart, fragrant, and confident-looking woman who is also happy to use body language to suggest she is a coyly smitten fan?’

‘Her behavior in court places Depp back in role as the romantic hero. For Depp’s loyal fans these dramatic rituals will seem like validation. “If this smart, beautiful woman thinks he is OK then maybe he is,” will be the implied message.

‘While treating his ex like a modern day Medusa who might turn him to stone if he once looks in her direction, Depp gets to show off all his skills of eye contact, charm, and even protective concern with Vasquez.

‘Like a man on his first date he pulls her chair back as she stands and he even quietly moves the lead of her phone charger to make it easier for her to text as she stands.’

Throughout the trial, James noted Depp and Vasquez ‘can hardly keep their hands off one another.’ And when it ended for the day on Tuesday, she said their goodbye reminded her of the moment Winslet’s character in the Titanic, Rose, lost the love of her life – Jack, played by DiCaprio.

‘He touches her when he walks into court and his exit brings on a ritual reminiscent of DiCaprio’s drift away from Winslet’s raft in the closing scenes of Titanic,’ she said.

‘Both stretch arms out and touch hands for as long as possible as though reluctant to leave one another’s presence.

‘The hug is an even more moving piece of body language theatre. Vasquez winds one arm around Depp’s neck and plants the other hand in the middle of his back as she squeezes her eyes shut in an expression of affectionate bliss. 

James added that Vasquez's 'flirtatious' behavior is likely a very conscious tactic to try and boost her client's case, explaining that the romantic gestures between them are helping Depp appear more likeable. They are pictured together on Wednesday

James added that Vasquez’s ‘flirtatious’ behavior is likely a very conscious tactic to try and boost her client’s case, explaining that the romantic gestures between them are helping Depp appear more likeable. They are pictured together on Wednesday

She compared Depp and Vasquez's (pictured) intimate courtroom display to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's characters in The Titanic

She compared Depp and Vasquez's intimate courtroom display to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet's characters in The Titanic (pictured)

Showing ‘protective concern’: She compared Depp and Vasquez’s (left) intimate courtroom display to Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet’s characters in The Titanic (right)

Fans started to wonder if romantic feelings had developed between Depp and Vasquez (pictured in April) recently, after they noticed a slew of flirty interactions between the two - including whispering in each other's ears and giggling together

Fans started to wonder if romantic feelings had developed between Depp and Vasquez (pictured in April) recently, after they noticed a slew of flirty interactions between the two – including whispering in each other’s ears and giggling together

‘It looks flirtatious but that’s probably the point. It wouldn’t be the first time a legal team have used visual signals to create the strongest non-verbal message they can. 

‘If a picture paints a thousand words these “words” look straight out of the pages of Mills & Boone.’

Using 'eye contact and charm': James said Depp displays warm behavior with Vasquez,' while treating Heard 'like a modern day Medusa who might turn him to stone if he once looks in her direction.' Depp and Vasquez are pictured in court on Tuesday

Using ‘eye contact and charm’: James said Depp displays warm behavior with Vasquez,’ while treating Heard ‘like a modern day Medusa who might turn him to stone if he once looks in her direction.’ Depp and Vasquez are pictured in court on Tuesday

While leaving the courthouse on Tuesday, a TMZ reporter asked Vasquez about her rumored relationship with Depp once and for all.

‘The people want to know, are you dating Johnny Depp? It’s all over the internet. Can you set the record straight, yes or no?’ he said.

However, the California litigator declined to answer. Instead, she just laughed, brushed her hair aside and waved to the throngs of fans gathered outside.

James compared Vasquez’s exit to a ‘Kardashian coming out of a nightclub.’ The lawyer donned an ‘ethereal’ white pantsuit and was all smiles as she approached the press, despite the reporter’s questions about her love life. She stopped to pet a dog and greet some of her supporters, before making her way to a waiting car.

‘As she approached the press, her mouth dropped open in a wide and excited-looking smile of happy recognition that converted to dimpling and giggles as she waved to her screaming fans,’ James said.

‘In full celebrity style Vasquez even bent to pet the dog of one fan and then spent time hugging several others. 

‘The celebrity posturing looks totally to her taste, but if she is also behaving like Depp’s newest love interest that might just be deliberate, though.’

Vaquez was born in July 1984 to parents Leonel and Marilia Vasquez, who are of Colombian descent. They live in a $1 million home in Buena Park, according to public records.

However, James explained that the amorous moments between them are most likely not due to a secret affair, but instead, are all part of a plan to make Depp seem like a 'romantic hero'

However, James explained that the amorous moments between them are most likely not due to a secret affair, but instead, are all part of a plan to make Depp seem like a ‘romantic hero’

She said that linking Depp to a 'fresh, smart, fragrant, and confident-looking woman' would 'destroy' Heard's recount of their toxic relationship. Heard is pictured with her lawyer today in court

She said that linking Depp to a ‘fresh, smart, fragrant, and confident-looking woman’ would ‘destroy’ Heard’s recount of their toxic relationship. Heard is pictured with her lawyer today in court 

'When someone is trying to clear their name in court the behavior of their legal teams and the way they interact with them will send out very strongly influential messages to a jury,' James told DailyMail.com. The pair is pictured in April

‘When someone is trying to clear their name in court the behavior of their legal teams and the way they interact with them will send out very strongly influential messages to a jury,’ James told DailyMail.com. The pair is pictured in April

Her father once owned a UPS Store in Anaheim. The location has been a FedEx store for the past 10 years, an employee previously told DailyMail.com.

Vasquez graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in arts, communications and political science in 2006, Newsweek reported.

The fluent Spanish speaker went to Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles from 2007 to 2010 and worked at one law firm before joining her current practice, Brown Rudnick LLP, as an associate. 

She focuses on ‘plaintiff-side defamation suits, with additional experience litigating contract disputes, business-related torts, and employment-related claims,’ according to her bio on the law firm’s website.

She’s also listed as having ‘extensive experience handling parallel reputation management and crisis communications issues arising from these engagements.’ She does not have any public social media profiles.

Some people on social media have pointed out that Vasquez appears to be wearing an engagement or wedding ring during her court appearances, but since she keeps her personal life so private, it’s unclear whether or not she’s in a relationship. 

James added that Vasquez appears to be ‘relishing every moment of her new “celebrity” profile.’

James compared Vasquez's exit from court on Tuesday to a 'Kardashian coming out of a nightclub.' The lawyer donned an 'ethereal' white pantsuit and was all smiles as she approached the press

James compared Vasquez's exit from court on Tuesday to a 'Kardashian coming out of a nightclub.' The lawyer donned an 'ethereal' white pantsuit and was all smiles as she approached the press

James compared Vasquez’s exit from court on Tuesday to a ‘Kardashian coming out of a nightclub.’ The lawyer donned an ‘ethereal’ white pantsuit and was all smiles as she approached the press

While leaving the courthouse, a reporter asked Vasquez about her rumored relationship with Depp once and for all. But the California litigator declined to answer. Instead, she just laughed, brushed her hair aside and waved to the throngs of fans

While leaving the courthouse, a reporter asked Vasquez about her rumored relationship with Depp once and for all. But the California litigator declined to answer. Instead, she just laughed, brushed her hair aside and waved to the throngs of fans

Vasquez was born in July 1984 to parents Leonel and Marilia Vasquez (pictured), who are of Colombian descent. They live in a $1 million home in Buena Park, according to public records

Vasquez was born in July 1984 to parents Leonel and Marilia Vasquez (pictured), who are of Colombian descent. They live in a $1 million home in Buena Park, according to public records

‘A beautiful and besotted love interest for Depp or the most cynical psychological ploy his team could have come up with?’ she asked. 

Vasquez graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor's degree in arts, communications and political science in 2006. She is pictured left with her mother and sister

Vasquez graduated from the University of Southern California with a bachelor’s degree in arts, communications and political science in 2006. She is pictured left with her mother and sister

‘Either way, it’s clear from Vasquez’s preening, giggling body language that she is relishing every moment of her new “celebrity” profile.’

In 2018, Heard made a slew of shocking allegations against Depp while writing about being a survivor of domestic abuse for the Washington Post. 

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 ‘rapist’ James Franco. 

Depp has continuously denied Heard’s allegations against him, and he is seeking at least $50 million in compensatory damages and a punitive award of at least $350,000, along with attorneys’ fees and court costs.

He stated in court that Heard was the one who became violent when their relationship soured, claiming that the couple had frequent arguments that included ‘demeaning name calling’ and ‘bullying’ by her, when he took the stand on last month. 

He also stated that Heard threw a bottle of vodka at him during an argument which ensued after he asked her to sign a prenup in 2015, and resulted in his middle finger being cut off. 

Attorneys for Heard have 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. 

Heard is seeking $100 million in damages, and has alleged that Depp’s legal team falsely accused her of fabricating the claims against her ex. 



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