September 23, 2022 By Vaseline

Johnny Depp’s girlfriend Joelle Rich attended Amber Heard’s trial

Johnny Depp and his newly revealed lawyer and girlfriend Joelle Rich have been in hiding for months.

Though Rich played no official role in the film star’s victorious libel trial against his ex-wife Amber Heard earlier this year, he was photographed at the Fairfax County Courthouse in Virginia almost every day of the week-long trial, which lasted from April 11 to June 1.

The London-based lawyer, 37, represented Depp, 59, in his British defamation case against the Sun back in 2020. Despite the legal loss, the couple happily fell in love.

According to endless photos from inside and outside the courthouse, Rich – a partner at the law firm Schillings – would arrive with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star, sit right behind him in the front row, wave to his fans at the end of the day, Leave That Terrain with him and even drive off in the same vehicle.

On one occasion, paparazzi even caught Rich leaning in and smiling as Depp showed her something on his phone.

Joelle Rich and Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp and girlfriend Joelle Rich have been making public appearances together for months.
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Joelle Rich and Johnny Depp
Photos show that she was present almost every day of Amber Heard’s trial, although she was not involved in the case.
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Though the lovebirds kept their demeanor toward each other professional, a source told Us Weekly that she was actually there for “personal” reasons — mostly to “support” her husband.

It’s unclear when their relationship turned romantic and representatives for the actor could not be reached for comment.

However, the Us Weekly insider revealed the pair would “discreetly” meet at hotels in the early stages of their courtship.

“Their chemistry is off the charts,” the whistleblower said. “It’s serious between them. You are the real deal.”

Rich is a mother of two who is in the midst of a divorce, although she was apparently married when she met Depp.

Joelle Rich and Johnny Depp
The couple seemed friendly but professional.
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Despite her apparent presence during the high-profile defamation trial, fans were convinced the Edward Scissorhands star was secretly dating his US attorney, Camille Vasquez.

But she was quick to silence the rumor mill, calling the rumors “sexist” and “unethical.”

“I care deeply about my clients and we’ve obviously become close,” she told People in June. “But when I say ‘we,’ I mean the whole team, and of course that includes Johnny.”