Johnny Depp is seriously dating libel attorney Joelle Rich

Months after his high-profile defamation trial, Johnny Depp is “seriously dating” his lawyer Joelle Rich, who represented him in his 2020 UK defamation trial.

Rich was not part of Depp’s team against Amber Heard in the US trial earlier this year, but is reported to have been present at the court.

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The British lawyer’s divorce from her ex, with whom she shares two children, has yet to be finalized.

“There was no professional obligation for her to be there,” a source told US Weekly of Rich’s presence and support in Virginia during his US trial.

The trial dragged on for six weeks and resulted in Depp being awarded $10 million in damages and finding that his former wife Heard had slandered him with allegations of domestic violence.

Johnny Depp is dating attorney Joelle Rich. Recognition: Getty Images

According to the source, Depp and Rich “discreetly” met at hotels during this time.

When the romance began is unclear.

“Their chemistry is off the charts,” the insider said.

“It’s serious between them. You are the real deal.”

Joelle Rich and Johnny Depp. Recognition: Getty
Depp’s former attorney, Joelle Rich. Recognition: delivered

Previous reports suggested Depp was dating his US defamation attorney Camille Vasquez, but she debunked that rumor when she appeared outside of court during the trial in May.

In footage released by TMZ, Vasquez emerged from the Virginia courthouse in the white pantsuit she wore to cross-examine Heard when she was being questioned by paparazzi.

“Hey Camille,” the photographer asked. “People want to know. Are you dating Johnny Depp?”

Vasquez laughed at the question as the photographer continued.

Attorney Camille Vasquez. Recognition: Stephen Helber/AP

“It’s all over the internet. Can you set the record straight?”

While Vasquez didn’t answer, she smiled widely and appeared to both nod slightly and shake her head.

However, the answer to the question was already known at the time – no, she was not with Depp.

Vasquez was reportedly dating a British estate agent, and her relationship with Depp is strictly professional.

Actor Johnny Depp and lawyer Camille Vasquez. Recognition: Brendan Smialowski/AP

That didn’t stop commentators from mulling over footage of the couple’s interaction in the courtroom during the six-week trial.

Court TV, the US channel showing live footage of the widely publicized libel trial, devoted an entire segment to questioning whether a hug Vasquez gave Depp after Heard’s cross-examination concluded “crossed a line.”

“She hugs Johnny Depp, hugs Johnny Depp again…he’s rubbing her back…holds his hand before she walks away,” commentator Ashley Willcott said as footage of Depp and Vasquez hugging after cross-examination was shown.

Actor Johnny Depp hugs attorney Camille Vasquez in the courtroom. Recognition: Brendan Smialowski/AP

“He’s smiling, obviously pleased with her work on cross-examination,” she added, before reaching out to attorney Neama Rahmani, who complemented his thoughts.

Willcott, herself a former judge and trial attorney, then chimed in with her thoughts.

“I was trying to figure out what bothers me about this interaction,” she said. “I’ve been in private practice, I’ve had clients, I’ve represented clients who are very close to my heart.

Actor Johnny Depp. Recognition: Shaw Thew/AP

“However, I have a feeling that maybe that undermines the respect of women lawyers in court and it has taken us years to get there, but not just women lawyers, all lawyers.

“To have the respect of the courtroom in the courtroom, I’m just not convinced that I think that was the right interaction in the courtroom.”

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