September 24, 2022

Johnny Depp has been spending loads of time in court docket over the previous few years, so it’s not too stunning that he’s reportedly relationship Joelle Wealthy, the UK lawyer who represented him within the libel lawsuit he filed — after which misplaced — towards 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 direction of his ex-wife Amber Heard, insisting somewhat that it was her who instigated violence. Choose Andrew Nicol dominated in Heard’s favor, stating that “the good majority” of her assault accusations could possibly be “proved to the civil commonplace.”

Depp and Wealthy’s relationship information, which Us Weekly initially broke, comes only a few months after the actor gained his defamation trial towards Heard. Swirling among the many contentious social media chatter had been rumors that Depp was relationship his lawyer in that trial, Camille Vasquez. She rapidly denied these claims, and now evidently has an alibi, as Us factors out that Wealthy — who’s additionally within the technique of divorcing from her estranged husband — was within the courtroom for this 12 months’s defamation trial to “present assist.”

Depp sued Heard for $50 million over a 2018 op-ed she wrote for The Washington Put up titled “I spoke up towards sexual violence — and confronted our tradition’s wrath. That has to alter.” Although the essay didn’t point out Depp by title, he claimed it took goal at his repute; 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.

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