Johnny Depp is dating married UK lawyer Joelle Rich Libel Case

A new romance. Johnny Depp is dating a lawyer Joelle Richwho represented him in his UK defamation lawsuit against The sun, Us Weekly can only confirm.

“Their chemistry is off the charts,” an insider tells exclusively U.S of the pirates of the caribbean star, 59, and the lawyer. “It’s serious between them. They are the real deal.”

Rich was one of the lawyers working on Depp’s case against the British newspaper after he sued the outlet for libel in 2018, but she was not part of the legal team that represented him in his defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber heard earlier this year. However, she was present in the Virginia courtroom to show her “support” for the Oscar nominee.

“There was no professional obligation for her to be there. It was personal,” the source said U.Sadding that the duo “discreetly” met in hotels during the early stages of their romance.

The insider notes that Rich was married when she met Depp, but is now divorcing her husband. She and her estranged husband share two children.

During his defamation lawsuit against Heard36, rumors circulated that the Hollywood Vampires musician was dating another lawyer: Camilla VasquezI, who was one of the lawyers representing him in that case. Southwestern Law School graduate, 38, later slammed ‘sexist’ speculation about her relationship with Depp.

“It is also an unethical charge,” Vasquez . said People in June. “It’s unfortunate and disappointing, but at the same time it’s part of the territory. I can’t say I was that surprised.”

Depp and Heard’s marriage, which ended in 2017, was… the subject of two separate lawsuits submitted by the Secret Window actor. Kentucky resident first sued The sun in June 2018 after the newspaper called him a “wife beater” in an article about his involvement in the Fantastic Beasts movie series. The article cited allegations Heard had previously made about various abuse cases prior to her 2016 split from Depp.

The trial finally started in July 2020 after delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Four months later, the British Supreme Court ruled that: The sun‘s article was not defamatory because the Aquarius Star’s claims about her ex-husband’s alleged abuse were “substantially true”.

In March 2021, the court rejected Depp’s request to appeal the case. Rich said at the time: Deadline that she “seriously questioned the British judge’s decision”, adding that her client was looking forward to “presenting full, irrefutable evidence of the truth in the US libel case against Ms Heard, where she will have to give full disclosure.”

The US trial began in April, three years after Depp indicted Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. In June, the jury ruled in favor of the Edward Scissorhands actor, ordering the Texas resident to pay her ex-husband $10.35 million in damages. Heard was also awarded $2 million in damages after the jury found that one of Depp’s attorneys made one defamatory statement about her.

“From the very beginning, the purpose of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” Depp told U.S in a statement after the verdict was handed down. “Speaking the truth was something I owed to my children and to everyone who has stood firm in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally achieved that.”

Representatives for Depp and Rich could not be reached for comment.

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