Johnny Depp is dating Joelle Rich, a married lawyer who represented him in his U.K. defamation trial against a British tabloid for branding him a “wife-beater,” Fox News Digital confirmed.
Rich is separated from her husband and is divorcing him, a source said. She was not part of the legal team that represented Depp in his Virginia defamation case against ex-wife Amber Heard, but she was present for part of the six-week trial, which wrapped up in June.
The London-based mother of two was spotted more than once chatting with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” star on smoke breaks outside the Fairfax County Circuit Courthouse.
She also stayed with Depp at the Ritz-Carlton in McLean, Virginia, where he was holed up for the trial and dined with him and his team on several occasions at The Palm, an upscale steakhouse next door to the five-star hotel, another source said.
The insider notes that Rich was married when she met Depp, but is now divorcing her husband. She and her estranged spouse share two children.