Johnny Depp is dating lawyer from his UK defamation trial, reports say – National

Johnny Depp is reportedly dating his lawyer — and no, it’s not Camille Vasquez from Amber Heard’s defamation trial earlier this year.

A source confirmed to People magazine this week that Depp, 59, is dating one of his lawyers from his 2020 UK defamation trial, Joelle Rich.

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Rich, a London-based lawyer, was a member of the legal team that represented Depp in his lawsuit against British tabloid The Sun. Depp sued the newspaper after an article was published that called him a “wife beater”.

That Pirates of the Caribbean The actor lost the lawsuit after a British judge ruled The Sun’s claims were “essentially true”. Amber Heard, Depp’s ex-wife, testified in court to back The Sun’s claims.

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Depp appealed the UK defamation ruling in March 2021, but the application was denied.

Rich did not represent Depp in his Fairfax County, Va., libel case against Heard earlier this year, although she was present in court for “assistance” for several days. Depp sued Heard over a 2018 Washington Post op-ed written by Heard about domestic violence.

Depp won the defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife and was awarded $10 million in damages. Heard was also awarded $2 million for a counterclaim. The exes have both appealed the verdict.

During the American trial, Depp fans on social media were quick to try to romantically link the actor to Vasquez, one of his attorneys. At the time, Vasquez told People the rumors were “sexist” and denied he was dating Depp.

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Attorney Joelle Rich hugs attorney Camille Vasquez with his back to the camera as Attorney Ben Chew (R) looks on at the conclusion of the daily trial at the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse in Fairfax, Virginia May 16, 2022.

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“I think it’s part of being a woman just doing her job,” Vasquez told the outlet. “It’s disappointing that certain outlets walked by or said that my interactions with Johnny – who is a friend and whom I’ve known and represented for four and a half years – that my interactions were in any way inappropriate or unprofessional. That’s disappointing to hear.”

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US Weekly was the first to report on Depp’s relationship with Rich.

Rich is a partner in the UK law firm Schillings. Her bio on the company’s website claims she “helps public individuals and families protect their privacy and reputation, both inside and outside of the courtroom.”

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Depp and Rich have not publicly confirmed they are in a relationship.

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