Johnny Depp has moved on and is now dating his lawyer, reported Page Six. But it’s not Hollywood’s favourite attorney, Camille Vasquez. The 59-year-old actor is said to be in a relationship with his UK libel case’s London-based lawyer Joelle Rich.
The report further said that the lawyer is married but separated, and her divorce may not be finalised yet. Quoting a source, the outlet further said that Depp’s and Rich’s “chemistry is off the charts,” adding, “It’s serious between them. They are the real deal.”
Rich was one of the lawyers who worked on the Pirates of the Caribbean actor’s case against the UK newspaper after he sued the outlet for libel in 2018, but she was not part of the legal team who represented him in his defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year. She was, however, present in the Virginia courtroom to show her “support” for the Oscar nominee.
“There was no professional obligation for her being there. It was personal,” the source tells Us, adding that the duo “discreetly” met up in hotels during the early stages of their romance. The insider notes that Rich was married when she met the Hollywood star, but is now divorcing her husband. She and her estranged spouse share two children.
Earlier, the actor and his attorney, Vasquez (she was one of Depp’s lead attorneys during his six-week defamation trial against Amber Heard) sparked dating rumours. However, Vasquez denied these rumours.
She said she cares deeply about her clients. “I guess it comes with the territory of being a woman just doing her job. It’s disappointing that certain outlets kind of ran with it or said that my interactions with Johnny – who is a friend and I’ve known and represented for four-and-a-half years now – that my interactions in any way were inappropriate or unprofessional. That’s disappointing to hear,” she had said at that time.
Speaking to People, Vasquez revealed that she has a boyfriend and that they are very happy in their relationship. “It’s unethical for a lawyer to date their client,” she said, adding, “It’s unfortunate and it’s disappointing, but at the same time, it kind of comes with the territory. I can’t say I was all that surprised.”
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