Johnny Depp is dating married lawyer Joel Rich from a UK defamation case

A new love story. Johnny Depp He is dating a lawyer Joel Richwho represented him in the defamation suit brought against him in the United Kingdom the sunAnd the us weekly Can exclusively confirm.

“Their chemistry is off the charts,” says an insider exclusively. we subordinate Pirates of the Caribbean Star, 59, is an attorney. “It’s serious between them. They are the real deal.”

Rich was one of the lawyers who worked on Depp’s case against the UK newspaper after he sued the enforcer for defamation in 2018, but she was not part of the legal team that represented him in the defamation trial against his 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 to have her there. It was personal,” says the source. weHe added that the duo met “discreetly” in hotels during the early stages of their romance.

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

during His trial for defamation against HeardRumors spread, at 36, that the Hollywood vampire musician was dating a different lawyer: Camille Vasquez, who was one of the lawyers who represented him in that case. Graduated from Southwestern Law School, 38, later She criticized ‘sexual’ speculation about her relationship with Deb.

“It’s also an immoral accusation being leveled,” Vasquez said. People in June. “It’s unfortunate and disappointing, but at the same time it kind of comes with the area. I can’t say I was surprised by all of this.”

It was Depp and Heard’s marriage, which ended in 2017 The subject of two separate cases made by Secret window the actor. Kentucky first lawsuit the sun In June 2018 After the newspaper described him as a “wife beater” in an article about his involvement in… Fantastic monsters Film series. The article cited allegations that Heard had previously made detailing several instances of abuse prior to her 2016 split from Depp.

The trial finally began in July 2020 after delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Four months later, the UK High Court of Justice ruled that the sunIt was not a defamation article because Aquaman The star’s allegations about the alleged abuse of her ex-husband were “largely true”.

In March 2021, the court rejected Depp’s request to appeal the case. Rich said at the time Limit She “seriously questioned” the UK judge’s decision, adding that her client was looking forward to “presenting the full and lasting evidence of the truth in the US defamation case against Ms. Heard as she would have to make a full disclosure.”

The US trial began in April, three years after Depp sued Heard over an op-ed she wrote in 2018 Washington Post in which she described herself as a victim of domestic violence. in June, The jury ruled in favor of Edward Scissorhands the actorThe Texas native was ordered to pay her ex-husband $10.35 million in damages. Heard also received $2 million in compensatory damages after a jury found that one of Depp’s lawyers made one defamatory statement about her.

“From the beginning, the aim of bringing this case was to reveal the truth, regardless of the outcome,” Deep said we in the current situation After pronouncing the sentence. “Telling the truth was something I owe to my children and all those who have remained steadfast in their support of me. I feel at peace knowing that I have finally made it.”

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

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