Johnny Depp and his London barrister friend ‘were dating during his US court battle against Amber Heard over the summer, but ARE NOT exclusive’
- Depp was dating his former attorney, Joelle Rich, in his US trial this summer
- Rich represented him in his 2020 UK case and were pictured together smiling
- Sources said they were “very much an item,” but Depp refused to settle
- The lawyer moved into a £1million London home with his husband just a year ago
Johnny Depp and his London barrister friend Joelle Rich “were dating” during his US court battle against Amber Heard this summer – but “are not exclusive,” claimed sources connected to the couple.
They added that Schilling’s attorney, Rich, played no part in his legal defense and was not there for business reasons – but that Depp is not looking for a serious relationship at the time.
The 59-year-old Pirates of the Caribbean star won a defamation battle against Amber Heard in June over her 2018 Washington Post article in which she claimed she was a victim of domestic violence.
Heard, 36, was ordered to pay Depp more than $8 million in damages.
Sources have now told TMZ that Depp dated his former attorney, Joelle Rich, throughout the court case this summer and said they were “very much” an item.
Johnny Depp and his London barrister Joelle Rich were “dating out” during his US court battle against Amber Heard this summer, sources have claimed. The couple is pictured outside Fairfax County Circuit Court on April 26 this year
But the TMZ source said, “He’s fucking Johnny Depp,” meaning he has no plans to settle down with just one partner just yet.
The latest news seems to confirm previous speculation that the two were dating during the summer trial.
They said Joelle, a 37-year-old mother of two, left her children and estranged husband in the UK while assisting Depp at his trial in Virginia.
A source previously told the Mail: “She was not there in a professional capacity as she was not part of the US team handling the case.
“There was a large US legal team and she wasn’t one of them. Let’s assume it was obvious that something was in the air between them.
“Everyone intuitively guessed it during the trial because of the behavior on both sides.”
Sources have now told TMZ that Depp has been dating his former attorney, Joelle Rich, throughout the court case this summer and said the pair are “very much” an item
Friends of Joelle said she “disappeared from the radar” in June when she was away from London. The attorney was not part of Depp’s legal team and was reportedly absent from this year’s trial for business reasons
Friends of Joelle said she went off the radar in June when she suddenly wasn’t in London anymore.
The move confused many as Rich had only moved into their £1million north London home with financier husband Jonathan Rich about a year ago – as friends have said, everything in their world seemed solid and they even had started doing home improvement together.
Ms Rich and her husband Jonathan are reportedly currently in the divorce process.
The lawyer, who is reportedly in a “serious” relationship with Johnny Depp, was pictured next to him during his libel battle in London’s High Court more than two years ago
Pictures taken at the time showed them smiling, chatting and relaxing in each other’s company during the actor’s ill-fated court battle in July 2020
Ms Rich was part of Depp’s High Court legal team in her role as a partner for leading London data protection lawyers Schillings, whose clients include Prince Harry and his wife Meghan.
Pictures of them arriving together in the High Court libel battle more than two years ago show them smiling and chatting to one another.
Pictures, taken on the fifth day of the trial, July 13, 2020, showed Ms Rich seemingly looking at Depp as they left the court together.
Joelle Rich attended North London Collegiate School, an independent day school for girls with fees of £22,308 a year.
She studied law at Birmingham University in 2003 – where she is believed to have met her husband – and worked at DLA Piper before joining Schillings in 2011.
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