Support her. Johnny Depp‘s girlfriend, Joelle RichDuring his defamation case against him, he was present at the courtroom Amber Heard, Us WeeklyYou can confirm.
“There was no professional obligation for her being there,” an insider exclusively tells UseThe attorney. “It was personal.”
Rich can be seen hugging his wife in this photo from the May court proceedings Camille VasquezDepp, 59, was represented by one of the U.S. lawyers in his case against the Aquaman star, 36. The London-based lawyer was part of the legal team that dealt with the Secret Window actor’s U.K. libel lawsuit against The SunShe was not professionally involved in the Heard case in 2018.
Use broke the news on Thursday, September 22, that the Hollywood Vampires musician and the lawyer are in a “serious” relationship. “Their chemistry is off the charts,” an insider explained, noting that the duo “discreetly” met up in hotels before their romance was public. “They are the real deal.”
Rich, for her part, was married when she met the Kentucky native, but she’s now in the process of divorcing her husband. She and her estranged husband share two children.
In addition to working on Depp’s U.K. case, Rich represented Meghan Marklein her case against the publishers The Mail on Sunday. 41-year-old Duchess of Sussex sued the outlet for publishing a private note she sent to her father. Thomas Markle. In February 2021, the U.K.’s High Court ruled that the disclosures from the letter were “manifestly excessive and hence unlawful.” Ten months later, an appeals court rejected the publisher’s request to force a trial and upheld the original judgment.
Depp did not win the U.K. lawsuit he filed in June 2018 The Finding Neverland star sued The Sun for referring to him as a “wife beater” in an article that cited several abuse allegations Heard made against Depp before their 2016 split.
The trial began in July 2020 after delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but the U.K.’s High Court ultimately ruled that the outlet’s article was not libelous because Heard’s claims about her ex-husband were “substantially true.”
The Oscar nominee requested an appeal but was denied by the court in March 2021. Rich said that Rich had told Rich about the incident. Deadline that she “seriously questioned” the U.K. judge’s decision not to allow the appeal.
Depp’s U.S. lawsuit, meanwhile, was filed in early 2019 after Heard published an op-ed in The Washington PostWhere she said that she was a victim of domestic violence. That trial began in April, with Vasquez, 38, leading the actor’s legal team.
A jury voted in favor of the candidate in June 21 Jump StreetOrder the alum Magic Mike XXLThe star will pay her ex $10.35million in damages. The Texas native was also awarded $2 million in compensatory damages after the jury found that one of Depp’s other lawyers made one defamatory statement about her.
Heard appealed the denial of a motion to mistrial in July. “We believe the court made errors that prevented a just and fair verdict consistent with the First Amendment,” a spokesperson for the actress told UsAt the time. “We are therefore appealing the verdict. While we realize today’s filing will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we need to take to ensure both fairness and justice.”
Depp appealed the decision of Heard to award Heard $2 Million in damages.