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Who is Joelle Rich? Johnny Depp’s alleged new girlfriend was his lawyer


Lawyer Joelle Rich and actor Johnny Depp. | Source: Getty Images

Joelle Rich, Johnny Depp’s girlfriend, has caused an internet sensation due to her blossoming romance with the actor. The news comes after the ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ actor reportedly dated another lawyer several months ago.

‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ actor Johnny Depp recently made headlines for apparently dating his former lawyer, Joelle Rich. The rumored relationship between the two began months after the actor won a libel suit against his ex-wife, actress Amber Heard.

Rich appears to have been associated with one of Johnny Depp’s high-profile cases in recent years. Apparently, Rich was part of the legal team representing the ‘Rango’ star in his defamation case against British tabloid The Sun.

Who is Joelle Rich?

Rich is an exceptional lawyer. According to Schillings’ website, Rich has more than a decade of experience practicing media law and is an experienced litigator.

She is adept at protecting clients’ good reputations against defamatory attacks in print, online and other social media platforms. She has won numerous court battles involving privacy, copyright and defamation issues. Rich’s LinkedIn profile read:

“I specialize in helping people and businesses in the public eye to protect their privacy and reputation, primarily in times of crisis. I routinely deal with media attention during particularly sensitive and unpredictable times.”

According to the beautiful lawyer’s LinkedIn biography, most of her clients are VIPs, family offices, private companies and business owners. She said one of her main goals in her job is to protect the interests of her clients and allow them to celebrate their success with peace of mind.

Rich’s background is quite extensive. She went to North London Collegiate School and studied law at the University of Birmingham from 2003 to 2006. Subsequently, she completed a legal practice course at BBP Law School from 2006 to 2007.

During her one-year course, she focused her electives on intellectual property, media entertainment, and business and private acquisitions. After that, she landed a job with DLA Piper as a trainee attorney for three years, from 2008 to 2011.

Rich has received various accolades and recognitions for his impressive accomplishments. At the Citywealth Future Leaders event in 2021, she won a silver award for the “Future Leader Initiative of the Year”.

She was also one of the seasoned professionals shortlisted for the 2021 Spear’s Wealth Management Awards “Future Leader in Private Client Services”.

In addition to his many accomplishments, Rich has two children. Rich, according to Us Weekly, was still married when she met Depp. She is said to be divorcing her husband, whose name remains unknown to this day.

Despite her marital status, a source told Rich that she and the ‘Edward Scissorhands’ actor are embarking on a new romance and that the chemistry between the rumors is “off the charts.” The source added:

“It’s serious between them. They are the real deal.”

Rich and the acclaimed actor would secretly meet at various hotels. The source mentioned that the supposed couple’s meetings had no “professional obligations”, just personal matters.

Although Rich did not represent Depp in the defamation hearing against Heard in Virginia, she attended several court proceedings in support of him.

Depp has been married twice. He married “Aquaman” actress Amber Heard from 2015 to 2017 and Lori Ann Allison from 1983 to 1985. He had no children from his ex-wives.

However, the Oscar-nominated actor shares daughter Lily-Rose and son Jack with ex-partner Vanessa Paradis, a French singer, model and actress. Between the former couple’s two adult children, Lily-Rose has followed in their footsteps in the entertainment industry.

How did Johnny Depp and Joelle Rich first meet?

Rich and Depp met during his libel suit against British tabloid The Sun. She represented the actor in court after he filed a lawsuit against the publication for their 2018 story which called him a “wife beater” during his marriage to Heard.

Sadly, Depp ultimately lost the case in November 2020. In a written statement from the UK Ministry of Justice, presiding judge Justice Nicol ruled The Sun article was “essentially true”. Heard’s testimony during the trial reinforced The Sun’s claims.

Depp’s appeal to overturn the decision was dismissed in March 2021. In addition to working Depp’s case against The Sun, Rich worked on Meghan Markle’s case against another publication in 2020.

The lawyer described the experience as a “certain career highlight” for her. Although Rich did not represent Depp in the defamation hearing against Heard in Virginia, she attended several court proceedings in support of him.

In the courtroom on May 16, many found Rich giving Vasquez a big hug after legal proceedings, and four days later, on May 19, Rich left the courthouse with Depp and the rest of his team.

Attorney Joelle Rich hugs Attorney Camille Vasquez at the Fairfax County Courthouse on May 16, 2022 in Fairfax, Virginia. | Source: Getty Images

Did Johnny Depp date his other lawyer, Camille Vasquez?

During Depp’s six-week libel trial in Virginia, Vasquez garnered massive admiration for his expert questioning of Heard and other witnesses on the opposing side.

At the same time, rumors that she was romantically involved with the actor swept the internet like wildfire. However, Vasquez was quick to dispel the rumours, even going so far as to call them sexist.

She said she was in a happy relationship while stressing that having a romantic relationship with clients was unethical. She also called the rumor sexist, adding that the claims were based on being a woman who was “just doing her job”.

Vasquez also expressed disappointment with the media’s portrayal of her interactions with Johnny Depp as inappropriate or unprofessional. She said the movie star was her friend, whom she had represented for more than four years.

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