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Ben Harper Blindsides Laura Dern with Divorce

10/10/2010 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ben Harper stunned Laura Dern by filing for divorce late Friday afternoon … TMZ has learned.

Laura Dern divorce.
Harper, a two-time Grammy winner, filed legal docs citing irreconcilable differences and is asking the judge to deny Dern spousal support.

And here's what's interesting … according to the papers, Harper claims he and Dern separated back in January. But people connected with the couple, who married back in 2005, tell TMZ they have been living and traveling together throughout the year and were even intimate as recently as last week.

Harper is asking for joint legal and physical custody of the couple's two kids: Ellery, 9, and Jaya, 5.

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KoalaBabe    

8.

Didn't she get dumped by Billy Bob Thornton for Angelina?

Posted at 4:56 AM on Oct 10, 2010 by moussemaker

Nope,
She Brad Pitt before he dumped her for Gwyneth Paltrow.

1417 days ago
17.

KoalaBabe    

Correction:

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8.

Didn't she get dumped by Billy Bob Thornton for Angelina?

Posted at 4:56 AM on Oct 10, 2010 by moussemaker

Nope,
She "was with" Brad Pitt before he dumped her for Gwyneth Paltrow.

Posted at 6:50 AM on Oct 10, 2010 by KoalaBabe

1417 days ago
18.

SoThere    

@Keeps it real--
And he's not UGLY??? Come on!
He found himself a new baby mama.
Oh and BTW, 90% of ALL men cheat and I'm being
conservative in that percentage.

1417 days ago
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Julia M.    

Dern is a liar about these thigns. She lied about being blind sided by Billy Bob as well. Bill Bob said in an interview that he and Dern broke off their engagement BEFORE she left for an out of town location shoot. I saw that interview years ago. That was months before he got together with Angelina Jolie and yet Dern had to lie to the press to make herself seem like some victim and Angelina like some man stealer.

That's some brazen attempt at deflection and it unfairly worked to some degree. It was always Dern who was the man stealer since her provable (not just rumor-based) history was that she was with Billy Bob before he ever separated & while he was married with children and that she was with Harper while his wife was still pregnant with Harper's child.

It is fair that if he gets joint physical custody that he shouldn't have to pay child support.

1417 days ago
20.

DDFredd    

Sounds like the POS is trying the "Tom Cruise" divorce so that he doesn't have to pay anything!!!! Ben, can you say Karma?

1417 days ago
21.

Kevin    

"Oh and BTW, 90% of ALL men cheat and I'm being
conservative in that percentage."

I hate it when people make ignorant comments like this.

1417 days ago
22.

DDFredd    

BTW #22, Angelina is a man stealer!!!

1417 days ago
23.

Nicole    

What are the odds Ben has a pig on the side?

1417 days ago
24.

Truth    

WOW, BLINDSIDED. ONE OF TWO THINGS. EITHER HE'S HAVING A SECRETIVE AFFAIR OR HE TURNED TO HER AND SAID HE'S GAY ALL THIS TIME. ASK AUTHOR TERRY MCMILLAN. IT HAPPENED TO HER OUT OF THE BLUE. JUST SAYIN.

1417 days ago
25.

me    

Hey chevjuls, I don't believe a grammar lesson would be a waste of time for you.

1417 days ago
26.

Wocka    

Laura Dern is an excellent actress. Don't try to take that away from her. Her judgment in men is obviously not too great. Looks like she picks losers.

1417 days ago
27.

Tiffany    

Home wrecking always comes back to bite you in the ass. Laura broke up his first marriage to his first wife when Ben had little kids at home, and now this is happening to her. Stuff comes full circle on folks.

1417 days ago
28.

Davalon    

People "connected to the couple" report that they "were even intimate as recently as last week." How do they know? Were they standing next to the bed as they were doing each other?

1417 days ago
29.

tenley    

If they filed for legal separation (which is not the same thing as being literally physically separated) then there's no way in hell she could have been blindsided. But it's unclear by the article whether the bonehead writer of the article took one second to consider whether the legal do***ent saying they'd been separated meant, you know, legally separated. Way to crank out another couple-sentence piece, TMZ!

1417 days ago
30.

South Beach    

#20 I think you're confusing Laura Dern for Juliette Lewis, who was with Pitt when she was 16 before Paltrow, who he was engaged to for 3 years.

Laura Dern was with Thornton for 2 years, and was quoted as saying she went away to do a movie and while she was gone her boyfriend (Thornton) married Jolie in 2000, and never spoke to her again.

1417 days ago
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