Johnny Depp Is Dating His Lawyer
Johnny Depp and his girlfriend, known to be Joelle Rich, a lawyer, have been out in the open for months.
Rich was spotted at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia almost every day of the weeks-long trial, which went from April 11 to June 1, even though he had no official part in the movie star’s victorious defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year.
In 2020, Depp, then 59 years old, retained the 37-year-old London lawyer to represent him in a libel suit filed by the Sun in the United Kingdom. The couple may have lost in court, but they got lucky in the end.
Photos taken both inside and outside the courthouse show that Rich, a partner at Schillings legal firm, would frequently accompany the “Pirates of the Caribbean” actor to court, sit in the front row behind him, and even leave in the same car after the day’s proceedings concluded.
The photographers even managed to catch Rich leaning in and beaming as Depp showed her something on his phone.
An insider informed Us Weekly that despite their professional manner, the couple was secretly seeing each other and that she was there to “support” her boyfriend.
A source told Us Weekly that throughout the early days of their courtship, the couple would meet together “discreetly” in hotels.
The source claimed, “Their chemistry is off the charts.” They are really into each other. That is because they are the real deal.
Rich, a married mother of two, is currently going through a divorce. She was supposedly married before she met Depp.
Fans believed the “Edward Scissorhands” star was secretly dating one of his US attorneys, Camille Vasquez, because she was there during the highly publicized defamation trial.
However, she promptly put an end to the rumors by labeling the claim as “sexist” and “unethical.”
“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.”