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Monday, December 19, 2011

Vanessa Bryant Files for Divorce


Inside Edition, December 19, 2011

Was it a photo of actress Sanaa Lathan at Kobe Bryant's side at a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert last week at the Staples Center in Los Angeles that led to the end of his marriage?

Lathan and Bryant were reportedly seen flirting and dancing together in the VIP suite.

But a spokesperson for Kobe is squashing the reports, saying "There was no flirting. There's nothing there."

And Lathan denies her having an affair with Kobe, tweeing, "I'm not, never have been, involved with Kobe in any way."

Another report is linking the basketball star to yet another woman, Carla Dibello. Get this - she's Kim Kardashian's best friend! Dibello has been a fixture on the sideline at Laker games for several years.

In the divorce papers obtained by INSIDE EDITION, Kobe's wife Vanessa cites "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the split.

They've already agreed to joint custody of their kids, Natalia and Gianna and because there's no pre-nup - the couple is expected to split everything down the middle.

Family Law Attorney, Kelly Chang Rickert, told INSIDE EDITION "He is going to have to pay alimony, which is a monthly obligation based on earnings. But whatever he earned during the marriage, any rights that he acquired, all endorsements can also be half of Vanessa's."

Kobe is worth an estimated $140 million - so that's $70 million each. Vanessa keeps their $5 million Los Angeles mansion. And she also gets that $4 million so called make-up ring that Kobe famously bought her after he was accused of sexually assaulting a hotel concierge in Colorado in 2003. Kobe was acquitted at trial.

It was Kobe's alleged serial cheating that ended the marriage. A close friend of Vanessa's quoted as saying:

"She's been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she's finally had enough."


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