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


Throughout 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 big 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 chic brunette, Joelle Wealthy.

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

She would then sometimes be a part of his packed benches of supporters — sitting throughout from Amber Heard’s group, because the sordid and prurient particulars of the libel trial, introduced by Depp towards his ex spouse, had been spilled out.

Within the evenings, with Johnny, 59, ensconced within the presidential suite on the Ritz-Carlton resort in McLean, Wealthy can be amongst these becoming a member of him for nightly dinners on the close by Palm steakhouse. The Depp celebration would spend hundreds each evening on meals which at all times featured rooster parmigiana and loads of the very best crimson wine which could possibly be ordered (Depp is a crimson wine fanatic).

Lawyer, Joelle Wealthy, 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 Excessive Court docket in London in 2020

They’d 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 Wealthy believes so. A better take a look at footage of him arriving at court docket reveals her capturing soupy, admiring glances at Depp as he disappears into court docket.

Wealthy occurs to be a accomplice on the prestigious UK regulation 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 Solar 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 Put up 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: Wealthy occurs to be a accomplice on the prestigious UK regulation agency Schillings, which has represented Depp in his authorized battles each within the UK and the U.S.

One acquaintance tells me of Mrs Wealthy’s function on the Virginia trial: ‘She was not there in knowledgeable capability as she wasn’t on the U.S. group who had been coping with the case. There was a giant U.S. authorized group and she or he was not part of it. As an example that it was apparent that one thing was within the air between them. Everybody sort of intuited it in the course of the court docket case due to the behaviour on either side.’

Pals of Joelle report her ‘dropping off the radar’ in June, when all of a sudden she wasn’t in London any extra.

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

Her disappearance was all of the extra baffling as a result of every thing within the couple’s world appeared so stable, the buddies say. The couple had even launched into a slew of residence 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 Wealthy, 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 are going to divorce. Jonathan Wealthy continues to be in proof — however Joelle is nowhere to be seen.

One neighbour stated: ‘I’ve seen the husband coming and going lately however not her. Maybe she is busy at work or on vacation?’

And a shocked pal stated: ‘She is gorgeous, super-clever, stunning, good and actually smart — which is why everyone seems to be so shocked by the most recent claims.

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

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

It’s certainly exhausting to think about Joelle Wealthy discovering her place in Depp’s bohemian circus of misrule. Those that have frolicked with him return with tales of nights of unending booze and marijuana and inform the story of a person so indulged and enabled that he blew a fortune on quixotic posturing, reminiscent of firing cult author Hunter S. Thompson’s ashes ‘into house’.

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

Photos taken on the time confirmed them smiling, chatting and looking out relaxed in one another’s firm in the course of the actor’s ill-fated court docket battle in July 2020

Through the UK trial, wherein Depp unsuccessfully sued The Solar over the article, it was revealed that he had wasted as much as $650 million — and solely realised that each one the cash had gone when he was alerted by his administration group.

Put up-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’s 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 attempting to sue The Solar newspaper for describing him as a ‘spouse beater’ in an article

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

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 Crimson Bull and vodkas’ from a rattled sounding Depp in 2014 after a battle with Heard on a airplane, and Bettany who advised drowning Amber to verify whether or not she was a witch, after Depp had advised burning her.

Depp defined that this had simply been a joke, however it stays exhausting to work out the place a libel lawyer, with a laser deal with 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 number one impartial ladies’ day faculty, with charges of £22,308 per 12 months.

She then went to Birmingham College, the place she studied regulation, and the place she is assumed to have met husband Jonathan.

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

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

She is now a accomplice at Schillings and is assumed 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 studies about Wealthy and Depp’s alleged romance come after he confronted months of livid hypothesis that he was relationship one other legal professional – Camille Vasquez (pictured), who was a part of the authorized group who represented him in his latest defamation trial towards ex-wife Amber Heard

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

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

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

Due to Covid, and limits as to who might go in to court docket, Mrs Wealthy ended up liaising with Depp instantly all through. A authorized supply stated: ‘He trusted her loads.

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

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

Mrs Wealthy wore a succession of sensible skirt fits, a few of them quite thigh-skimming, and took to affecting darkish glasses for her journeys into work. Additional proof of their closeness got here after the trial ended. Depp was denied go away to enchantment in March final 12 months and it was Joelle Wealthy 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 Wealthy, 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 stated that she ‘significantly questioned’ the UK choose’s choice, including that Depp was trying ahead to ‘presenting the entire, irrefutable proof of the reality within the U.S. libel case towards Ms Heard the place she should 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 appeared a definite chance, it speaks of Depp’s private battle and the price to him.

It ran: ‘We’re delighted that Johnny acquired his likelihood to clarify what he went via, as painful as that should have been. Within the aftermath of the UK judgment, Johnny stated that it might not change his battle to inform the reality, that his resolve remained robust and that he meant to show that the allegations towards him had been false. We consider he has now lastly managed to realize 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 Wealthy, who was an Affiliate for Schillings on the time, was described as being a part of Workforce Cupcake, offering recommendation and assist to Nigella who gave proof in the course of 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. Even if Schillings will get plenty of consideration due to the high-profile purchasers it represents, insiders say that it ‘by no means desires to be the information story’. One added: ‘Having a relationship with a shopper attracts consideration to that shopper and to Schillings will probably be thought to be a extremely dangerous factor.’

Legislation Society tips state {that a} relationship between a solicitor and shopper is appropriate so long as there isn’t a battle of curiosity. There isn’t a suggestion that such a battle exists on this case or that both Wealthy or Schillings have acted unprofessionally. On Thursday, a supply advised U.S. Weekly: ‘Their chemistry is off the charts.’ The insider added: ‘It is severe between them. They’re the true deal.’

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

Vasquez denied all hypothesis a few romance with the star and it was later revealed that she was in actual fact in a relationship with Edward Owen, a British government for the agency WeWork, which rents out workplace house.

Depp’s rehabilitation continues to be a piece in progress: his live shows with guitar legend Jeff Beck had been a sell-out and his artwork exhibition with Fortress galleries so well-liked that their web site crashed.

He is again filming once more for the primary time in three years, enjoying Louis XV in Jeanne DuBarry. Filming has been happening 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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