Johnny Depp is dating his married lawyer from a defamation case in the United Kingdom.

Joelle Rich
Johnny Depp smokes a cigarette as he shows his girlfriend, Joelle Rich, something on his phone during a recess in his Virginia defamation trial against Amber Heard on May 3, 2022. (Ron Sachs/Consolidated News Pictures/Getty Images)


Joelle Rich, Depp’s new paramour, was pictured with him during his Virginia defamation trial against Amber Heard.

According to Fox News Digital, Johnny Depp is seeing Joelle Rich, a married lawyer who represented him in his U.K. defamation trial against a British magazine for calling him a “wife-beater.”

According to a source, Rich has separated from her husband and is divorcing him. She was not a member of Depp’s legal team in his Virginia defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, although she was there for some of the six-week trial, which concluded in June.

Joelle Rich in court
Joelle Rich and Johnny Depp enter the Fairfax County Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia, after a break in his defamation trial against Amber Heard on May 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, Pool)

The London-based mother of two was seen conversing with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star on several occasions during smoke breaks outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse.

She also dined with Depp and his crew on many occasions at The Palm, an elite steakhouse next door to the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Virginia, where he was holed up for the trial, according to another source.

During Depp’s defamation trial in Virginia, reports circulated that he was dating attorney Camille Vasquez, although both were eager to reject the rumours.

The false speculation really angered Vasquez.

“It’s also an unethical charge that’s being levelled. It is sexist “She told People magazine after Depp’s victory in court.

“It’s regrettable and frustrating, but it’s something that comes with the territory. I wasn’t particularly surprised.”

According to the company’s website, Rich works for Schillings, a U.K.-based corporation that helps high-profile persons preserve their privacy and reputations.

Although the attorney and her team were defeated in the 2020 U.K. court battle, the “Black Mass” star did not appear to be discouraged.

The nationally broadcast Virginia courtroom drama concluded with a jury granting Depp a $15 million verdict against Heard for defamation.


The amount was reduced to $10.35 million by Judge Penney Azcarate. The jury awarded Heard $2 million in her countersuit, but the ruling was widely interpreted as a resounding triumph for Depp, who has enjoyed a professional comeback in the months afterwards.

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