Johnny Depp Reportedly Dating Married Lawyer With 2 Kids Who Worked On His U.K. Libel Trial
Johnny Depp is said to have a new romance in his life. The 59-year-old actor is seeing a lawyer Joelle Richbased on Our weekly. Joelle was part of Depp’s UK legal team in his defamation case against Sun but Not part of Johnny’s team when he sued his ex-wife Amber Heard. She was in the Virginia courtroom to show her support, Our weekly the note is unusual because “there’s no professional obligation for her to be there. It’s a personal matter.” The publication also reported that Johnny and Joelle’s chemistry was “not off the charts” and “There’s a lot of seriousness between them. They’re really confrontational.”
Depp and Rich are said to have met “secretly” in the hotel during the early stages of their romance, according to Our weekly. The publication’s source notes that Joelle was married when she first met Johnny but is currently in the process of divorcing her estranged husband. The two share two children. HollywoodLife has reached out to a Depp representative for comment on this report.
In 2020, Johnny lost his case in the UK after suing Sun for calling him a “wife beater”. According to the BBC, the judge presiding over the case ruled that The Sun proved the claim to be “fundamentally correct” and he found 12 of the 14 alleged domestic violence cases had occurred. . In 2021, Depp failed in his attempt to overturn the ruling. He has asked the appeals court to allow him to challenge the ruling, but Lord Justice Underhill and Lord Justice Dingemans “emphasize that the appeal against the trial judge’s decision on questions of fact is in dispute despite serious difficulties”, per Guardians.
As for why Depp succeeded in his case against Heard, 36, while he failed in the UK, George Freemanexecutive director of the Media Law Resource Center, told Washington Post that “the answer is very simple. That is up to the jury. “
During Heard’s trial, Depp had an affair with his lawyer, Camilla Vasquez. She played down these rumors in an interview with People. “It is disappointing when certain agents run after it or say that my interactions with Johnny – a friend and I have known and represented for four and a half years now – that my interactions follow any Which way is inappropriate or unprofessional. It was disappointing to hear the news,” she said.
Vasquez said at the time she was “very happy in my relationship” and that it was “unethical” for a lawyer to date one of their clients. “It is also an unethical charge being made. It’s sexist,” she said. “Unfortunate, and disappointing, but at the same time, it also comes with territory. I can’t say I was so surprised.”