Johnny Depp has been spending a variety of time in court docket over the previous few years, so it’s not too shocking that he’s reportedly relationship Joelle Wealthy, the UK lawyer who represented him within the libel lawsuit he filed — after which misplaced — in opposition to The Solar newspaper.
In 2020, Depp sued Solar publishers Information Group Newspapers and its government editor Dan Wootton over a 2018 article that labeled him a “spouse beater” with out utilizing the phrases “alleged” or “accused.” The three-week trial noticed Depp testify practically 20 hours on the witness stand, repeatedly denying he was abusive in the direction of his ex-wife Amber Heard, insisting moderately that it was her who instigated violence. Decide Andrew Nicol dominated in Heard’s favor, stating that “the good majority” of her assault accusations could possibly be “proved to the civil customary.”
Depp and Wealthy’s relationship information, which Us Weekly initially broke, comes only a few months after the actor received his defamation trial in opposition to Heard. Swirling among the many contentious social media chatter had been rumors that Depp was relationship his lawyer in that trial, Camille Vasquez. She shortly denied these claims, and now evidently has an alibi, as Us factors out that Wealthy — who’s additionally within the means of divorcing from her estranged husband — was within the courtroom for this 12 months’s defamation trial to “present help.”
Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Submit titled “I spoke up in opposition to sexual violence — and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to vary.” Although the essay didn’t point out Depp by identify, he claimed it took intention at his popularity; Heard then countersued Depp for $100 million, claiming that Depp’s lawyer had defamed her by telling the press that her allegations had been false.
After a grueling six-week trial crammed with quite a few weird testimonies and loads of drama, Depp took residence $10 million in compensatory damages and an $350,000 in punitive damages, whereas Heard was granted $2 million for compensatory damages, with no punitive damages assessed.