Johnny Depp is dating his married attorney, Joelle Rich, who represented him in his UK libel trial against the Sun. Per Page Six, the London-based lawyer is separated from her husband but the divorce may not yet be finalized.
Rich was reportedly present in the Virginia courtroom for Johnny Depp’s defamation trial against Amber Heard this past May. According to Us Weekly, the British attorney — who is a mother of two — came to the US to show her “support” for the actor. “There was no professional obligation for her being there,” a source also told the magazine, adding that Depp and Rich would “discreetly” meet up in hotels during the early stages of their romance.
Johnny Depp is reportedly dating one of the attorneys who represented him in his UK libel trial. pic.twitter.com/cOYwY0rG0X— Pop Base (@PopBase) September 22, 2022
As we previously reported, Depp’s legal team was successful in proving that Heard maliciously defamed him. Depp was awarded $15 million total — $10 million in compensatory damages and $5 million in punitive damages. Heard was awarded $2 million in compensatory damages.
Depp released a statement at the time, saying “Six years ago, my life, the life of my children, the lives of those closest to me, and also, the lives of the people who for many, many years have supported and believed in me were forever changed. All in the blink of an eye. False, very serious and criminal allegations were levied at me via the media, which triggered an endless barrage of hateful content, although no charges were ever brought against me. It had already traveled around the world twice within a nanosecond and it had a seismic impact on my life and my career. And six years later, the jury gave me my life back. I am truly humbled.”
Depp sued Heard for defamation for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Post in which she described herself as a “public figure representing domestic abuse.” Though Depp was not named in the article, he claims that it cost him a number of lucrative acting roles. Heard countersued for $100 million, over statements Depp’s attorney made about her abuse claims. Heard and Depp met in 2009 and were married from 2015 to 2016.