ET has confirmed the Pirates of the Caribbean star is dating Joelle Rich, the U.K. lawyer who represented him in his libel lawsuit against The Sun's publisher, News Group Newspapers, after the outlet published an article in April 2018 referring to Depp as a "wife beater." Depp lost that lawsuit in November 2020 after the judge in the case ruled The Sun proved that what it published in the article was "substantially true."
While she was not part of Depp's legal team that convened for the six-week long case in Fairfax County, Virginia, that resulted in Depp's sweeping victory in court, Rich did make at least two appearances, reportedly in a show of support. She was photographed at least twice in May, once outside the courthouse next to Depp, who was showing her something on his phone, and again inside the courtroom when she was seen hugging one of Depp's attorneys, Camille Vasquez.
Between court sessions, it seems Depp found time to meet up with one of his attorneys. It’s not clear when he and Rich started dating, but “Page Six” says she’s separated from her husband and in the process of getting a divorce. One source alleges they had “discreet” liaisons at hotels when they first started seeing each other. Rich also appears to have been present at Depp’s U.S. trial, though not in any professional capacity. Us claims that their relationship is “serious.”
Rich is not the attorney you might have expected Depp to be romantically involved with. A flurry of rumors during his U.S. trial theorized that he was seeing Camille Vasquez, his lead attorney in the States. Vasquez denied the rumors and called them “sexist,” saying that the idea of her dating Depp was an “unethical charge” but “comes with the territory” of being a female lawyer. She seems to be friendly enough with Rich — they were pictured hugging each other after the Virginia jury’s verdict was read. Sounds like Depp has a robust support team behind him as he embarks on his many upcoming jobs.