Johnny Depp is reportedly dating Joel Rich,
the lawyer who represented him in the United Kingdom defamation case against The Sun.
London-based lawyer Joel Rich worked with Johnny Depp during his UK defamation trial in 2020. Depp sued The Sun for calling her a “wife-beater”. A UK court upheld the outlet’s claims as “substantially true” and his ex-wife Amber Heard testified to back up the claims.
Rich was not on Depp’s legal team for the subsequent US defamation trial against his ex-wife Heard.
Who is Joel Rich?
Joel Rich is a London-based lawyer who is currently dating actor Johnny Depp.
The lawyer is a partner at international law firm Shillings. Rich helps clients protect their privacy and reputation in the public eye, according to the firm’s website. She “specializes in defamation, privacy and copyright disputes.”
Rich is currently married but estranged from her husband and has two children with her husband. She is about to divorce her husband.
According to his LinkedIn profile, before he worked at a law firm, he studied at the University of Birmingham in England and earned a law degree. He then attended BBP Law School, London.
Before her firm represented Depp in a case against The Sun, it previously represented Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex, in a case against the publisher of the Mail on Sunday in 2021.
Rich did not represent Depp during the US defamation suit against Heard, but he was reportedly present in court to show “support” for the actor.
Rich was photographed with Depp outside court on May 3, and Depp’s attorney Camille Vasquez was photographed inside court on May 16.
Depp lost a UK defamation case against The Sun, and in March 2021, the court refused Depp’s request for an appeal in the case. At the time, Rich said he “seriously questioned” the UK court’s ruling.
US Weekly quoted a source as saying that Rich and Depp’s relationship is “serious” and that they are “the real deal.”