A brand new romance. Johnny Depp is courting lawyer Joelle Wealthy, who represented him in his U.Okay. libel lawsuit in opposition to The Solar, Us Weekly can completely affirm.
“Their chemistry is off the charts,” an insider completely tells Us of the Pirates of the Caribbean star, 59, and the lawyer. “It’s severe between them. They’re the actual deal.”
Wealthy was one of many legal professionals who labored on Depp’s case in opposition to the U.Okay. newspaper after he sued the outlet for libel in 2018, however she was not a part of the authorized staff who represented him in his defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this 12 months. She was, nevertheless, current within the Virginia courtroom to indicate her “assist” for the Oscar nominee.
“There was no skilled obligation for her being there. It was private,” the supply tells Us, including that the duo “discreetly” met up in motels through the early phases of their romance.
The insider notes that Wealthy was married when she met Depp, however is now divorcing her husband. She and her estranged partner share two kids.
Throughout his defamation trial in opposition to Heard, 36, rumors swirled that the Hollywood Vampires musician was courting a distinct lawyer: Camille Vasquez, who was one of many attorneys representing him in that case. The Southwestern Regulation College graduate, 38, later slammed “sexist” hypothesis about her relationship with Depp.
“It’s additionally an unethical cost being made,” Vasquez instructed People in June. “It’s unlucky and it’s disappointing, however on the identical time it type of comes with the territory. I can’t say I used to be all that stunned.”
Depp and Heard’s marriage, which resulted in 2017, was the topic of two separate lawsuits filed by the Secret Window actor. The Kentucky native first sued The Solar in June 2018 after the newspaper referred to him as a “spouse beater” in an article about his involvement within the Improbable Beasts movie collection. The article cited allegations Heard beforehand made detailing a number of cases of abuse forward of her 2016 cut up from Depp.
The trial lastly started in July 2020 after delays brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 4 months later, the U.Okay.’s Excessive Court docket of Justice dominated that The Solar‘s article was not libelous as a result of the Aquaman star’s claims about her ex-husband’s alleged abuse had been “considerably true.”
In March 2021, the court docket denied Depp’s request for an attraction within the case. On the time, Wealthy instructed Deadline that she “severely questioned” the U.Okay. choose’s choice, including that her shopper was trying ahead to “presenting the entire, irrefutable proof of the reality within the U.S. libel case in opposition to Ms. Heard the place she must present full disclosure.”
The U.S. trial started in April, three years after Depp sued Heard over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Submit through which she described herself as a sufferer of home violence. In June, the jury dominated in favor of the Edward Scissorhands actor, ordering the Texas native to pay her ex-husband $10.35 million in damages. Heard was additionally awarded $2 million in compensatory damages after the jury discovered that considered one of Depp’s legal professionals had made one defamatory assertion about her.
“From the very starting, the objective of bringing this case was to disclose the reality, whatever the final result,” Depp instructed Us in a press release after the decision was delivered. “Talking the reality was one thing that I owed to my kids and to all those that have remained steadfast of their assist of me. I really feel at peace figuring out I’ve lastly achieved that.”
Representatives for Depp and Wealthy couldn’t be reached for remark.