Johnny Depp has apparently moved on following his disastrous relationship with Amber Heard, with the new lady in his life being none other than the attorney who represented him in his UK libel trial against the Sun.
While the actor ultimately lost that particular trial against the newspaper, he may have found love in the woman who represented him.
Page Six reports that Joelle Rich, a London-based lawyer, is a still-married mother of two, but has since separated as she recently began a relationship with Depp. Her divorce has not been finalized as of yet.
New Flame Revealed To Be One Of His Attorneys, Months After Rumors Of A Relationship With Another Lawyer
The 59-year-old actor had recently raised eyebrows with rumors of him dating another attorney, Camille Vasquez – the lawyer who represented him during his defamation trial against his ex-wife, Amber Heard.
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Vasquez was quick to shut the rumors down, and called the suggestion “unethical” and “sexist.”
“I care very deeply about my clients, and we have obviously become close,” she told People in June. “But when I say ‘we,’ I mean the entire team, and of course that includes Johnny.”
Vasquez said that Depp was her friend and client for nearly five years, and nothing more than that, but added that such rumors “come with the territory” and that she “can’t say (she) was all that surprised.”
“It’s also an unethical charge being made. It’s sexist,” she added. “It’s unfortunate, and it’s disappointing, but at the same time, it kind of comes with the territory. I can’t say I was all that surprised.”(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
New Girlfriend – A Mother Of Two – Would “Discretely” Meet Depp At Hotels In Early Stages Of Relationship
While Rich didn’t help represent the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star in his U.S. case, she was allegedly present in the Virginia courtroom to show “support” for the Oscar nominee, according to US Weekly.
A source close to the situation told the magazine that Depp and Rich would “discreetly” meet up in hotels in the beginning stages of their romance. It remains unclear as to when the relationship actually began.
Several of Depp’s exes appeared during the U.S. defamation trial, with Kate Moss serving as a rebuttal witness for Depp via virtual testimony on May 25.
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Depp V. Heard Trials Featured A Handful Of The Actor’s Exes, With Some Defending Him And Others Supporting Heard
Moss, who had previously dated Depp from 1994 to 1998, told the court that Depp never pushed her down a flight of stairs during their relationship.
Meanwhile, another former flame Ellen Barkin, who briefly dated the actor in 1994, testified in support of Heard, claiming Depp had a history of violence and noted he once threw a bottle of wine at her.
The jury in the U.S. Depp vs. Heard case awarded the actor $15 million in his defamation case.
Representatives for Depp did not immediately respond requests for comment.