Johnny Depp meets with Joel Rich, the lawyer who represented him in his defamation case in the UK. Joel, 38, defended the actor in court in his battle against The Sun. He lost the case filed in 2018.
When the trial ended, their close relationship turned romantic, and the pair have now become the subject of heated discussions in recent months, Us Weekly reports.
A source close to Depp and Rich told the magazine: “Their chemistry is off the charts. The work between them is serious. They are a good match”. If the rumors are confirmed, Johnny will follow the example of his colleague George Clooney, who also fell in love with a lawyer – Amal. TMZ also reported on the romance.
Rich is among the lawyers who worked on Depp’s case against the British newspaper after he sued the publication for defamation in 2018, but she was not part of the legal team that represented him in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year.
However, she attended the courtroom in Virginia to show her “support” for the actor.
“There was no professional obligation to be there. It was personal,” the source added, claiming the duo “discreetly” met in hotels during the early stages of their relationship. Joel, a London-based lawyer, is a married mother of two, but has been in the process of divorcing for some time.
Earlier this summer, rumors surfaced of Johnny Depp’s close relationship with another lawyer, Camille Vasquez, who represented him in his US defamation case against his ex-wife Amber Heard.
Vazquez, however, quickly shot down the rumors, calling them “sexist” and “unethical.”
“I care a lot about my clients, and we’ve obviously become close,” she told People in June. “But when I say ‘we’ I mean the whole team and of course that includes Jonny.” She said she and Johnny have been friends for four and a half years.
Depp has previously been linked to Winona Ryder, Kate Moss and Vanessa Paradis. He then began dating Heard soon after meeting her on the set of the 2009 film Diary of a Drunk.
The pair married in 2015 but separated just over a year later before officially divorcing in 2017. Since then, they have been at war, including courtroom battles that have exposed a rocky relationship, reports the Daily Mirror “.