The 59-year-old actor is said to have struck up a relationship with lawyer Joelle, 37, after she worked with him on his libel case against The Sun newspaper back in 2018.

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A source told UsWeekly: "Their chemistry is off the charts. It’s serious between them. They are the real deal."

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The 'Pirates of the Caribbean' star - who was previously married to 'Aquaman' actress Amber Heard - lost his libel case against the British tabloid but won a defamation case against his ex-wife

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The insider went on to note that while Joelle - who did not work on his defamation case - had no "professional" obligation to be present for the hearing back in June

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she attended the Virginia courtroom to show her “support” for Johnny and claimed that the pair had been "meeting up" in hotel rooms in the early days of their romance.

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The source told UsWeekly: "There was no professional obligation for her being there. It was personal. She wanted to show her support.

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It comes after the news that the story infamous defamation trial is to be the subject of a new film and has been "fast-tracked" into production.

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Melissa Marty has been cast as Johnny's lawyer, Camille Vasquez, while Marry Carrig will portray Elaine Bredehoft, who served as Amber's attorney.

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