#USA ALISON BOSHOFF:She's a super-clever, privately educated lawyer and married mother. He's Johnny Depp. #USNews

#USA ALISON BOSHOFF:She’s a super-clever, privately educated lawyer and married mother. He’s Johnny Depp. #USNews

#USA ALISON BOSHOFF:She’s a super-clever, privately educated lawyer and married mom. He’s Johnny Depp. #USNews

During his marathon seven-week libel trial in Fairfax, Virginia, this spring, Johnny Depp was a creature of behavior. He would arrive each morning in a massive gray SUV with loud reggae music pumping, and exit waving to followers whereas carrying a pocket book and briefcase.

In his wake would observe three bodyguards who had been within the automotive with him — plus a petite and elegant brunette, Joelle Rich.

Rich, a 37-year-old married, privately educated London lawyer and mom of two, stayed a few cautious paces away from the shopper always.

She would then usually be a part of his packed benches of supporters — sitting throughout from Amber Heard’s staff, because the sordid and prurient particulars of the libel trial, introduced by Depp in opposition to his ex spouse, have been spilled out.

In the evenings, with Johnny, 59, ensconced within the presidential suite on the Ritz-Carlton lodge in McLean, Rich can be amongst these becoming a member of him for nightly dinners on the close by Palm steakhouse. The Depp get together would spend 1000’s each evening on meals which at all times featured rooster parmigiana and loads of the very best crimson wine which might be ordered (Depp is a crimson wine fanatic).

Lawyer, Joelle Rich, is reported to be in a 'serious' relationship with Johnny Depp. She was pictured alongside him following the end of his libel trial at the High Court in London in 2020

Lawyer, Joelle Rich, is reported to be in a ‘severe’ relationship with Johnny Depp. She was pictured alongside him following the top of his libel trial on the High Court in London in 2020

They can be positioned behind a curtain in a personal room, seating eight. Was the Pirates Of The Caribbean star — divorced and with a fame for alcoholic and narcotic extra — already romancing his oh-so-proper married British lawyer by this level?

One supply, who had dealings with Mrs Rich believes so. A better have a look at footage of him arriving at court docket reveals her taking pictures soupy, admiring glances at Depp as he disappears into court docket.

Rich occurs to be a associate on the prestigious UK legislation agency Schillings, which has represented Depp in his authorized battles each within the UK and the U.S. The British trial centred over a 2018 article in The Sun newspaper which accused Depp of being a spouse beater, whereas within the U.S. trial Depp sued Heard over a 2018 article she wrote for The Washington Post the place she claimed to be a sufferer of home violence.

Alison Boshoff: Rich happens to be a partner at the prestigious UK law firm Schillings, which has represented Depp in his legal battles both in the UK and the U.S.

Alison Boshoff: Rich occurs to be a associate on the prestigious UK legislation agency Schillings, which has represented Depp in his authorized battles each within the UK and the U.S.

One acquaintance tells me of Mrs Rich’s function on the Virginia trial: ‘She was not there in a skilled capability as she wasn’t on the U.S. staff who have been coping with the case. There was a large U.S. authorized staff and she was not a a part of it. Let’s say that it was apparent that one thing was within the air between them. Everyone type of intuited it throughout the court docket case due to the behaviour on each side.’

Friends of Joelle report her ‘dropping off the radar’ in June, when abruptly she wasn’t in London any extra.

This is regardless of her shifting into a £ 1million-plus indifferent home in North London round a 12 months in the past along with her financier husband Jonathan. They have been married in 2011 and have two youngsters.

Her disappearance was all of the extra baffling as a result of every little thing within the couple’s world appeared so stable, the buddies say. The couple had even launched into a slew of house enhancements.

Joelle Rich, 37, who was representing the Pirates of the Caribbean star, was repeatedly seen only inches away from him as they emerged together from the court

Joelle Rich, 37, who was representing the Pirates of the Caribbean star, was repeatedly seen solely inches away from him as they emerged collectively from the court docket

Now, although, they’re separated and one presumes, given the circumstances, that they may divorce. Jonathan Rich continues to be in proof — however Joelle is nowhere to be seen.

One neighbour mentioned: ‘I’ve seen the husband coming and going not too long ago however not her. Perhaps she is busy at work or on vacation?’

And a shocked pal mentioned: ‘She is gorgeous, super-clever, lovely, good and actually wise — which is why everyone seems to be so shocked by the newest claims.

‘Her and Johnny Depp are poles aside in every little thing when it comes to age and background. She is married to a very profitable, good-looking husband and has two nice children.

‘So it’s fairly a shock. It’s a rare transfer for somebody like Joelle — a extremely achieved, wise, North London lawyer — to do one thing like this.’

It is certainly laborious to think about Joelle Rich discovering her place in Depp’s bohemian circus of misrule. Those who’ve hung out with him return with tales of nights of endless booze and marijuana and inform the story of a man so indulged and enabled that he blew a fortune on quixotic posturing, reminiscent of firing cult author Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes ‘into area’.

Images taken at the time showed them smiling, chatting and looking relaxed in each other’s company during the actor’s ill-fated court battle in July 2020

Images taken on the time confirmed them smiling, chatting and trying relaxed in one another’s firm throughout the actor’s ill-fated court docket battle in July 2020

During the UK trial, during which Depp unsuccessfully sued The Sun over the article, it was revealed that he had wasted as much as $650 million — and solely realised that every one the cash had gone when he was alerted by his administration staff.

Post-disgrace, his bohemian persona — he presents himself as a high-living, carefree wastrel — remained unchanged.

Depp continues to hero worship Thompson, who made an artwork type out of his narcotic adventures.

It is not known when their relationship started, but the pictures show they appeared to be on friendly as well as professional terms when Depp, 59, was trying to sue The Sun newspaper for describing him as a ‘wife beater’ in an article

It is just not identified when their relationship began, however the footage present they seemed to be on pleasant in addition to skilled phrases when Depp, 59, was making an attempt to sue The Sun newspaper for describing him as a ‘spouse beater’ in an article

British actor Paul Bettany is a kind of who hero-worships Depp in return. His household name the actor ‘Uncle Fun’ and he explains: ‘He comes round and it is like having a hobo magician from the Nineteen Thirties flip up at your home. The children love him as a result of he falls over a lot.’

There are, although, darker undercurrents to the enjoyable. The court docket heard the way it was Bettany who acquired a textual content confession about ‘powders… a thousand Red Bull and vodkas’ from a rattled sounding Depp in 2014 after a combat with Heard on a airplane, and Bettany who prompt drowning Amber to verify whether or not she was a witch, after Depp had prompt burning her.

Depp defined that this had simply been a joke, however it stays laborious to work out the place a libel lawyer, with a laser concentrate on fame, will match into any of the above.

So who’s she? Born Joelle Rashti, Depp’s new girlfriend went to North London Collegiate faculty, a main impartial ladies’ day faculty, with charges of £22,308 per 12 months.

She then went to Birmingham University, the place she studied legislation, and the place she is believed to have met husband Jonathan.

They have been married in Tuscany in 2011 at a no-expense-spared day of goals. The bride wore a £10,000 Phillipa Lepley gown and wept whereas thanking their 290 visitors for his or her attendance.

Before becoming a member of Schillings in 2011, she labored at DLA Piper in London the place she centered on mental property, media and sport litigation.

She is now a associate at Schillings and is believed to earn round £250,000 a 12 months.

The reports about Rich and Depp's alleged romance come after he faced months of furious speculation that he was dating another attorney - Camille Vasquez (pictured), who was part of the legal team who represented him in his recent defamation trial against ex-wife Amber Heard

The reviews about Rich and Depp’s alleged romance come after he confronted months of livid hypothesis that he was courting one other lawyer – Camille Vasquez (pictured), who was a part of the authorized staff who represented him in his latest defamation trial in opposition to ex-wife Amber Heard

Her biography on the Schillings web site says she ‘works to defend [clients’] reputations in opposition to false and defamatory allegations in print, on-line and on social media.’

Her focus is claimed to be on guarding her shoppers’ ‘privateness from unwarranted intrusion and media consideration’.

Sources clarify that Joelle was one in every of three fundamental Schillings legal professionals coping with Depp throughout the UK trial.

Because of Covid, and limits as to who may go in to court docket, Mrs Rich ended up liaising with Depp immediately all through. A authorized supply mentioned: ‘He trusted her a lot.

‘She was completely key and she spent a lot of time with him within the run-up to the trial and all through.’

He added that whereas the proof heard in opposition to Depp was clearly deeply disagreeable, throughout the trial the Hollywood star ‘totally charmed’ everybody round him.

Mrs Rich wore a succession of good skirt fits, a few of them quite thigh-skimming, and took to affecting darkish glasses for her journeys into work. Further proof of their closeness got here after the trial ended. Depp was denied go away to attraction in March final 12 months and it was Joelle Rich who supplied a briefing to the information web site Deadline.

Ms Rich, who was born Joelle Rashti, is the daughter of wealthy property magnates and grew up in the leafy north London suburb of Mill Hill

Ms Rich, who was born Joelle Rashti, is the daughter of rich property magnates and grew up within the leafy north London suburb of Mill Hill

In it, she mentioned that she ‘significantly questioned’ the UK choose’s resolution, including that Depp 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’.

When the U.S. trial ended with a sensational win for Depp and humiliation for Heard — she was ordered to pay him $10.35 million in damages — Schillings made an expansive assertion. Drafted within the days earlier than the decision got here in, and in a world the place a loss seemed a distinct chance, it speaks of Depp’s private combat and the price to him.

It ran: ‘We are delighted that Johnny obtained his probability to elucidate what he went via, as painful as that should have been. In the aftermath of the UK judgment, Johnny mentioned that it might not change his combat to inform the reality, that his resolve remained robust and that he supposed to show that the allegations in opposition to him have been false. We consider he has now lastly managed to attain that and we couldn’t be happier for him.’

Ms Rich, who was an Associate for Schillings at the time, was described as being part of Team Cupcake, providing advice and support to Nigella who gave evidence during the three week trial

Ms Rich, who was an Associate for Schillings on the time, was described as being a part of Team Cupcake, offering recommendation and assist to Nigella who gave proof throughout the three week trial

In authorized circles everyone seems to be speaking about how this flip of occasions would possibly have an effect on Joelle’s profession. Despite the truth that Schillings will get a lot of consideration due to the high-profile shoppers it represents, insiders say that it ‘by no means needs to be the information story’. One added: ‘Having a relationship with a shopper attracts consideration to that shopper and to Schillings it will likely be considered a actually dangerous factor.’

Law Society tips state that a relationship between a solicitor and shopper is suitable so long as there isn’t a battle of curiosity. There is not any suggestion that such a battle exists on this case or that both Rich or Schillings have acted unprofessionally. On Thursday, a supply informed U.S. Weekly: ‘Their chemistry is off the charts.’ The insider added: ‘It’s severe between them. They are the true deal.’

Previously, rumours had swirled that Depp was in a relationship with one other lawyer — 38-year-old Camille Vasquez — who was a a part of his staff throughout his defamation trial in Virginia.

Vasquez denied all hypothesis about a romance with the star and it was later revealed that she was the truth is in a relationship with Edward Owen, a British govt for the agency WeWork, which rents out workplace area.

Depp’s rehabilitation continues to be a work in progress: his concert events with guitar legend Jeff Beck have been a sell-out and his artwork exhibition with Castle galleries so fashionable that their web site crashed.

He’s again filming once more for the primary time in three years, taking part in Louis XV in Jeanne DuBarry. Filming has been occurring for six weeks, with one other month or so to go.

With a intelligent, adoring, new girlfriend at his aspect, will his triumphant return lastly be full?

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