Johnny Depp is reportedly in a ‘serious’ relationship with a London-based lawyer who represented him in his failed 2020 libel lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun.
Joelle Rich, 37, is a partner at major international law firm Schillings – which also represents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – and is currently going through a divorce from the father of her two children, whom she was married to when she worked with Depp. 59, four years ago.
However, UsWeekly reports that Rich and her husband, Jonathan, a director of the corporate finance group Bluebox whom she married in 2011, are in the midst of a divorce — with a source the publication alleges that the attorney’s relationship with Depp’ serious’. .
“Their chemistry is off the charts,” the insider said. “It’s serious between them. They are the real deal.’
Although Rich represented Depp in his trial against The Sun – which he lost in a verdict his lawyers called “perverted” and “baffling” – she was not part of the legal team in his recent libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard.
But the source said that while Rich had “no professional obligation” during the trial, she was present in court to provide “support” to the Pirates of the Caribbean star, noting that the case was “personal” to her. used to be.
A spokesperson for Depp declined to comment.
Johnny Depp is reportedly in a ‘serious’ relationship with London-based lawyer Joelle Rich, who represented him in his failed 2020 lawsuit against British newspaper The Sun. They have been pictured together in his recent defamation lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard, with a source claiming Rich attended the case to provide “support” to the actor
Rich, who is a partner at Schillings, who also represents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is reportedly divorcing her husband, Jonathan (pictured), with whom she shares two children. She was married to him when she worked with Depp on his 2020 trial in London
Rich should not be confused with another beautiful brunette lawyer Depp has worked with, 38-year-old Camille Vasquez, who was part of his team for the Heard defamation lawsuit, in which rumors circulated that she was having a romance with the actor. .
Vasquez denied any speculation about a romance with the star – and DailyMail.com later revealed that she was, in fact, dating British WeWork chief executive Edward Owen.
Depp and Heard split in 2017 after they tied the knot in 2015.
According to Us Weekly, Depp’s alleged relationship with Rich began “discreetly,” with the outlet insider claiming the couple would meet in hotels during the early days of their romance.
Rich is currently still married to her husband, but the couple are reportedly formally divorced.
The brunette beauty is in the process of going through a divorce, TMZ added. She and her estranged husband share two children.
Jonathan and Joelle married in July 2011 in a ceremony in Tuscany, according to a wedding photo shoot the then-bride did with her mother Ava for Brides magazine.
The reports of Rich and Depp’s alleged romance come after he faced months of furious speculation that he was dating another lawyer – Camille Vasquez (pictured), who was part of the legal team that represented him in his recent libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard
According to UsWeekly, Depp (seen in 2017) and Rich began their romance “discreetly” with an insider who claimed they would meet in hotels in the early days of their relationship.
Bad ending: Depp and Heard broke up in 2017. Seen here at the 2014 Met Gala in NYC
Rich grew up in London where she attended North London Collegiate School, a private school that currently charges £22,308 ($25,146) a year, before earning a bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Birmingham.
Before joining Schillings – just a month after her marriage – Rich was an intern at DLA Piper in London, where she focused on intellectual property, media and sports litigation.
According to her bio on the website of Schillings, an international company specializing in reputation management and representing the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and actress Emma Watson, Rich ‘works to defend’ [clients’] reputations against false and defamatory accusations in print, online and on social media.”
Her focus is on protecting the ‘privacy of its customers from unwarranted interference and media attention’.
The news of Depp’s alleged relationship with Rich comes after he faced raging speculation that he was enjoying a romance with attorney Vasquez, though she quickly labeled the rumors “sexist.”
“It’s also an unethical charge,” Vasquez told 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.’
She’s a Celebrity Now: Attorney Camille Vasquez Was Seen in Beverly Hills on Sept. 10
Depp filed two separate lawsuits over his relationship with Heard.
One was against The Sun in June 2018. The publication called him a “wife beater” because they took information from Heard.
The trial was in July 2020, but four months later the UK Supreme Court ruled that The Sun’s article was not defamatory.
Rich said she ‘seriously questioned’ the British judge’s decision and there were plans to appeal.
Then Depp sued Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post, in which she claimed to be a victim of domestic violence.
In June, the jury ruled in Depp’s favor and Heard was sentenced to $10.35 million in damages.
Depp claimed to have lost film roles after Heard’s allegations that he abused her. But after he won the defamation case, he got a resurgence in his career.
His return to popularity was confirmed when he appeared at the 2022 MTV VMAs in a moon suit.
Moon man: Depp claimed to have lost movie roles after Heard’s allegations that he abused her. But after he won the defamation case, he got a resurgence in his career. His return to popularity was confirmed when he appeared at the 2022 MTV VMAs in a moon suit