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Johnny Depp and libel lawyer girlfriend appeared shut throughout Virginia defamation trial

Johnny Depp is in a romantic relationship with a rich London-based lawyer who beforehand represented him in one among his libel battles, sources near the actor have instructed DailyMail.com. 

Legal professional Joelle Wealthy, 37, was on the Hollywood star’s authorized group throughout his lawsuit in opposition to UK tabloid The Solar in 2020, and extra not too long ago supported him in his explosive defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard in Virginia in April this yr. 

And it seems the romance between the 2 was going robust even again then, with unique DailyMail.com photographs exhibiting the key lovebirds strolling shut collectively as they left the Fairfax County Courthouse on the finish of proceedings.

All through the six-week trial, Wealthy was usually seen leaving courtroom with Depp in his SUV every day regardless of not being his official counsel within the case.

The Hollywood star at one level was even noticed inserting his hand on the libel lawyer’s again in a caring gesture.

The romance between Johnny Depp, 59, and his new lawyer girlfriend Joelle Wealthy, 37,gave the impression to be going robust even way back to April, throughout his explosive defamation trial in Virginia , unique DailyMail.com photographs present

Rich was often seen leaving court with Depp in his SUV daily throughout the trial, despite not being his official counsel in the case

Wealthy was usually seen leaving courtroom with Depp in his SUV every day all through the trial, regardless of not being his official counsel within the case

Exclusive DailyMail.com photos showing the secret lovebirds walking close together as they left the Fairfax County Courthouse in May 2022

Unique DailyMail.com photographs exhibiting the key lovebirds strolling shut collectively as they left the Fairfax County Courthouse in Could 2022

The Hollywood star at one point was even spotted placing his hand on the libel lawyer's back in a caring gesture

The Hollywood star at one level was even noticed inserting his hand on the libel lawyer’s again in a caring gesture

Rich escorted the Pirates of the Caribbean star out of the courthouse, watching him as he waved to fans

Wealthy escorted the Pirates of the Caribbean star out of the courthouse, watching him as he waved to followers

On the time, it was not know that Depp’s shut affiliation to Wealthy went past an attorney-client relationship. 

Sources say Wealthy had additionally stayed with him on the Ritz-Carlton in close by McLean, Virginia, the place Depp had been hunkered down throughout the trial from April to late Could.

The 2 additionally dined along with the remainder of his authorized group at The Palm steakhouse subsequent door to the swanky lodge. 

Wealthy is a companion within the worldwide regulation agency Schillings whose purchasers embody Prince Harry and spouse Meghan.

The mother-of-two is claimed to be separated from her financier husband Jonathan Wealthy and the couple are regarded as getting divorced.

On Thursday, a supply instructed US Weekly: ‘Their chemistry is off the charts’. The insider added: ‘It is critical between them. They’re the true deal.’

Wealthy represented the actor in his ill-fated libel battle in opposition to the Solar at London’s Excessive Court docket in July 2020 after the newspaper branded him a ‘spouse beater’ in an article.

The article had said there was ‘overwhelming proof’ that Depp had engaged in acts of home violence whereas married to Amber Heard.

Edward Scissorhands star Depp misplaced his battle after a Excessive Court docket decide, sitting with out a jury, dominated that Heard’s proof of abuse she suffered was ‘considerably true’.

The decision was slammed on the time by Depp’s legal professionals who described it as ‘perverse’ and ‘bewildering’. 

Sources say Depp's and Rich's 'chemistry is off the charts,' noting that it's the real deal for them

Sources say Depp’s and Wealthy’s ‘chemistry is off the charts,’ noting that it is the actual deal for them

Rich represented the actor in his ill-fated libel battle against the Sun at London's High Court in July 2020 after the newspaper branded him a 'wife beater' in an article

Wealthy represented the actor in his ill-fated libel battle in opposition to the Solar at London’s Excessive Court docket in July 2020 after the newspaper branded him a ‘spouse beater’ in an article

At the time, it was not know that Depp's close association to Rich went beyond an attorney-client relationship

On the time, it was not know that Depp’s shut affiliation to Wealthy went past an attorney-client relationship

Sources say Rich - pictured arriving at Fairfax County Court on May 26 - had also stayed with him at the Ritz-Carlton in nearby McLean, Virginia, where Depp had been hunkered down for the duration of the trial from April to late May

Sources say Wealthy – pictured arriving at Fairfax County Court docket on Could 26 – had additionally stayed with him on the Ritz-Carlton in close by McLean, Virginia, the place Depp had been hunkered down throughout the trial from April to late Could

Reports say Rich was present in the Virginia courtroom to provide 'support' for the Oscar-nominated star

Stories say Wealthy was current within the Virginia courtroom to supply ‘help’ for the Oscar-nominated star

Wealthy was not a part of Depp’s authorized group in his separate defamation battle in opposition to Heard in the USA which he received earlier this yr in Fairfax, Virginia.

However Us Weekly reported that Wealthy was current within the Virginia courtroom to supply ‘help’ for Oscar-nominated Depp. 

Wealthy who was born Joelle Rashti is the daughter of rich property magnates and grew up within the leafy north London suburb of Mill Hill.

She attended the close by North London Collegiate College, an unbiased day college for women which has a variety of well-known ex-pupils together with Esther Rantzen and Rachel Weisz.

The college in Edgware presently has charges of £22,308 ($25,146) per yr.

Wealthy went to Birmingham College in 2003, the place she studied regulation and is believed to have met her future husband Jonathan Wealthy.

She took an additional authorized qualification in 2006 after graduating, earlier than beginning as a trainee solicitor – after which qualifying – with world authorized large DLA Piper in London the place she centered on mental property, media, and sport litigation.

Wealthy joined main privateness and popularity administration legal professionals Schillings in 2011 round a month after she married her husband Jonathan at a marriage in Tuscany, Italy.

She was ultimately promoted to companion of the regulation agency which represents the likes of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex and actress Emma Watson. It’s believed that she earns greater than £250,000 (~$281,000) a yr.

Johnny Depp is reportedly in a 'serious' relationship with London-based attorney Rich, who represented him in his unsuccessful 2020 libel trial against British newspaper The Sun. They are pictured together at his recent defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, with a source claiming that Rich attended the case to offer 'support' to the actor

 Johnny Depp is reportedly in a ‘critical’ relationship with London-based lawyer Wealthy, who represented him in his unsuccessful 2020 libel trial in opposition to British newspaper The Solar. They’re pictured collectively at his current defamation case in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard, with a supply claiming that Wealthy attended the case to supply ‘help’ to the actor 

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was seen arriving at the Fairfax County Court for the Amber Heard defamation trial in May

The Pirates of the Caribbean star was seen arriving on the Fairfax County Court docket for the Amber Heard defamation trial in Could

The reports about Rich and Depp's alleged romance come after he faced months of furious speculation that he was dating another attorney - Camille Vasquez (pictured), who was part of the legal team who represented him in his recent defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard

The studies about Wealthy and Depp’s alleged romance come after he confronted months of livid hypothesis that he was courting one other lawyer – Camille Vasquez (pictured), who was a part of the authorized group who represented him in his current defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard 

Depp is pictured here returning from a break in the May defamation trial, escorted by Rich

Depp is pictured right here getting back from a break within the Could defamation trial, escorted by Wealthy

Johnny Depp pictured with Ms Rich during the London libel court battle against the Sun in July 2020

Johnny Depp pictured with Ms Wealthy in the course of the London libel courtroom battle in opposition to the Solar in July 2020

Wealthy’s biography on the Schillings web site says she ‘works to defend [clients’] reputations in opposition to false and defamatory allegations in print, on-line, and on social media.’

Her focus is claimed to be on guarding her purchasers’ ‘privateness from unwarranted intrusion and media consideration’. 

Wealthy spoke out for Depp in March final yr after he was denied permission to attraction.

She instructed Deadline on the time that she ‘critically questioned’ the UK decide’s choice, including that Depp was wanting ahead to ‘presenting the entire, irrefutable proof of the reality within the U.S. libel case in opposition to Ms. Heard the place she should present full disclosure’.

Rich, who is a partner at Schillings, which also represents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is reportedly going through a divorce from her husband, Jonathan (pictured), with whom she shares two children

Wealthy, who’s a companion at Schillings, which additionally represents Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, is reportedly going by way of a divorce from her husband, Jonathan (pictured), with whom she shares two kids

Wealthy’s husband educated as an accountant after graduating from Birmingham, working with world consultants PricewaterhouseCoopers earlier than becoming a member of company finance group Bluebox the place he’s a director. 

Wealthy and her mom Ava Rashti took half in a function for a bridal journal shortly earlier than her Tuscany wedding ceremony, partly held in a villa the place the movie Room With a View was filmed in 1985.

The Service provider Ivory romantic drama based mostly on the EM Forster novel starred Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands as younger lovers with a supporting solid together with Dame Judi Dench and Dame Maggie Smith.

The image unfold within the journal confirmed Wealthy sporting a £10,000 (~$11,200) Duchesse-satin wedding ceremony costume by Phillipa Lepley, a designer with a bridal retailer on Fulham Street, South Kensington, and various items of diamond and gold jewellery value £20,000 (~$22,500)

Her mom additionally dressed up in a £2,000 (~$2,250) silk costume by Stewart Parvin, a De Beers diamond ring value £8,000 (~$9,000) diamond and platinum earrings value £5,300 (~$5,960) and £395 (~$444) Jimmy Choo footwear.

Wealthy later instructed one other journal in regards to the wedding ceremony, saying: ‘We needed to get married overseas and selected Florence as quickly as we noticed the synagogue.

‘Our venue was a lovely Tuscan villa the place A Room With A View was filmed.’

She went on: ‘It had an enormous backyard the place we may match the tables and a dance flooring. That is essential at Jewish weddings as friends like to bounce throughout dinner!

‘The reception was an opulent Italian banquet. We used gold tableware and furnishings and a mix of flowers, herbs and fruit for the desk shows. Candles have been positioned in every single place to make sure a romantic impact.

‘We had 290 friends. Every time I attempted to thank them I began to cry and needed to be dragged off the stage by my mom.’

According to UsWeekly, Depp (seen in 2017) and Rich began their romance 'discreetly' with an insider claiming that they would meet up at hotels during the early days of their relationship

In keeping with UsWeekly, Depp (seen in 2017) and Wealthy started their romance ‘discreetly’ with an insider claiming that they’d meet up at motels in the course of the early days of their relationship 

A bad end: Depp and Heard split in 2017. Seen here at the Met Gala in 2014 in NYC

A foul finish: Depp and Heard cut up in 2017. Seen right here on the Met Gala in 2014 in NYC

She is now a celebrity: Attorney Camille Vasquez was seen on September 10 in Beverly Hills

She is now a star: Legal professional Camille Vasquez was seen on September 10 in Beverly Hills

Her recommendation to different brides was: ‘Give attention to you and your groom – the explanation you are there within the first place.’

She and Jonathan, now 38, went on to dwell collectively in a property value £1.7 million across the nook from the household residence the place she grew up.

It’s unclear when their marriage soured however they’re now understood to be residing aside, though Ms Wealthy apparently continues to make use of her husband’s surname.

False rumours had swirled that Depp was in a relationship with one other lawyer – 38-year-old Camille Vasquez – who was part of his group throughout his defamation trial in Virginia.  

 Vasquez denied all hypothesis a few romance with the star – and DailyMail.com later revealed that she was in actual fact in a relationship with Edward Owen, a British govt for the agency WeWork which rents out workplace area.

The graduate of Southwestern Regulation College in Los Angeles slammed the studies of a romance as ‘sexist’, telling Individuals journal in June: ‘It is also an unethical cost being made.’

Vasquez added: ‘It is unlucky and it is disappointing, however on the identical time it type of comes with the territory. I can not say I used to be all that stunned.’

Depp sued Heard, 36, in Virginia over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Publish the place she claimed to be a sufferer of home violence.

The jury dominated in his favor in June, and he or she was ordered to pay him $10.35million in damages.

Heard was additionally awarded $2million in compensatory damages after the jury discovered that one among Depp’s legal professionals had made a defamatory assertion about her.

Depp claimed to have misplaced film roles over Heard’s accusations that he abused her throughout their ill-fated and temporary marriage which lasted little greater than a yr.

However after he received the defamation case, he had a profession resurgence. His return to reputation was cemented when he appeared on the 2022 MTV VMAs in a moon swimsuit.

Moon man: Depp claimed to have lost movie roles after Heard's accusations that he abused her. But after he won the defamation case, he had a career resurgence. His return to popularity was cemented when he appeared at the 2022 MTV VMAs in a moon suit

Moon man: Depp claimed to have misplaced film roles after Heard’s accusations that he abused her. However after he received the defamation case, he had a profession resurgence. His return to reputation was cemented when he appeared on the 2022 MTV VMAs in a moon swimsuit

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