Displaying her assist. Johnny Depp‘s girlfriend, Joelle Wealthy, was current within the courtroom throughout his defamation trial in opposition to Amber Heard, Us Weekly can verify.
“There was no skilled obligation for her being there,” an insider completely tells Us of the legal professional. “It was private.”
In a single photograph from the Might courtroom proceedings, Wealthy might be seen hugging Camille Vasquez, one of many attorneys who represented Depp, 59, in his U.S. case in opposition to the Aquaman star, 36. The London-based legal professional was a part of the authorized group that dealt with the Secret Window actor’s U.Ok. libel lawsuit in opposition to The Solar in 2018, however she was not professionally concerned with the Heard case.
Us broke the information on Thursday, September 22, that the Hollywood Vampires musician and the lawyer are in a “severe” relationship. “Their chemistry is off the charts,” an insider defined, noting that the duo “discreetly” met up in resorts earlier than their romance was public. “They’re the actual deal.”
Wealthy, for her half, was married when she met the Kentucky native, however she’s now within the means of divorcing her husband. She and her estranged partner share two kids.
Along with engaged on Depp’s U.Ok. case, Wealthy represented Meghan Markle in her case in opposition to the publishers of The Mail on Sunday. The Duchess of Sussex, 41, sued the outlet for publishing a personal letter she despatched to her estranged father, Thomas Markle. In February 2021, the U.Ok.’s Excessive Courtroom dominated that the disclosures from the letter have been “manifestly extreme and therefore illegal.” Ten months later, an appeals courtroom rejected the writer’s request to pressure a trial and upheld the unique judgment.
Depp, nonetheless, didn’t win his U.Ok. lawsuit, which was initially filed in June 2018. The Discovering Neverland star sued The Solar for referring to him as a “spouse beater” in an article that cited a number of abuse allegations Heard made in opposition to Depp earlier than their 2016 break up.
The trial started in July 2020 after delays brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, however the U.Ok.’s Excessive Courtroom in the end dominated that the outlet’s article was not libelous as a result of Heard’s claims about her ex-husband have been “considerably true.”
The Oscar nominee requested an enchantment, however the courtroom denied his petition in March 2021. On the time, Wealthy informed Deadline that she “significantly questioned” the U.Ok. decide’s resolution to not enable the enchantment.
Depp’s U.S. lawsuit, in the meantime, was filed in early 2019 after Heard revealed an op-ed in The Washington Put up the place she described herself as a sufferer of home abuse. That trial started in April, with Vasquez, 38, main the actor’s authorized group.
In June, a jury determined in favor of the 21 Soar Avenue alum, ordering the Magic Mike XXL star to pay her ex $10.35 million in damages. The Texas native was additionally awarded $2 million in compensatory damages after the jury discovered that considered one of Depp’s different attorneys made one defamatory assertion about her.
Heard filed an enchantment in July after a movement for a mistrial was denied. “We consider the courtroom made errors that prevented a simply and honest verdict according to the First Modification,” a spokesperson for the actress informed Us on the time. “We’re subsequently interesting the decision. Whereas we understand at the moment’s submitting will ignite the Twitter bonfires, there are steps we have to take to make sure each equity and justice.”
That very same month, Depp filed his personal enchantment of the choice to award Heard $2 million in damages.