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Kobe Bryant's Wife

Files For Divorce

He Cheated Too Much

12/16/2011 4:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant Divorce Documents
Kobe Bryant
's wife has filed for divorce ... TMZ has learned. 

Vanessa Bryant filed legal docs Friday afternoon, citing "irreconcilable differences."

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... Vanessa -- who stuck by Kobe after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman in 2003 -- decided to end the marriage because she believes Kobe has been unfaithful ... again.

As one source puts it, "She's been dealing with these incidents for a long time and has been a faithful wife, but she's finally had enough," adding, "This one is the straw that broke the camel's back."

And our sources say ... Kobe "desperately" wants to win Vanessa back and will do "whatever it takes" to save their 10 1/2 year marriage.

According to the legal docs, Vanessa is asking for joint custody of their 2 daughters -- 8-year-old Natalia and 5-year-old Gianna -- but Vanessa is asking that Kobe get visitation rights, which means she wants the kids in her care most of the time.

We've learned the couple has NO PRENUP, so 29-year-old Vanessa is entitled to half of the empire Kobe built over the last decade.

She's also requesting spousal support ... which is typical in divorce cases.  Kobe, who filed his response to the divorce minutes after Vanessa filed her petition, says he will pay her spousal support.

According to the docs, Vanessa is being repped by disso-queen Laura Wasser and attorney Samantha Klein. Wasser reps oodles of celebs, including Britney Spears, Angelina Jolie, Maria Shriver and Kim Kardashian.

Kobe went to the Jay-Z concert Tuesday night in L.A. without Vanessa, and people who saw him there say he looked miserable.

Kobe Bryant SadVanessa signed the divorce petition on December 1.  Kobe signed his response on December 7.

Oh yeah, that $4 million ring Kobe gave Vanessa after the 2003 scandal .... It's all hers.  A gift is a gift.

The Bryants released a joint statement ... saying they have "resolved all issues" privately, with the assistance of counsel.

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31.

moso    

They met while she was in High school. He was popular but not as much as he is now or rich. I was going to say she waited 10 yrs for a clause in the pre-nup.. BUT NO PRE-NUP... she should have left his a@sS a long time ago with the Colorado incident. But he showed her how sorry he was with the ring and a tricked out lamborghini!! Money talks.. But i guess she finally got tired of getting seconds.he deserves to lose half!!! for screwing others and lying to his wife about it. I hope she doesn't take him back.. I HATE KOBE.... AND THE LAKERS!!! WHAT A ROLE MODEL...

1040 days ago
32.

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All those women he cheated with just turned into the most expensive hookers.
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He Forfeited HALF his FORTUNE for 1-Night-Stands.
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1040 days ago
33.

dman    

Good for you Vanessa. Character matters.

1040 days ago
34.

TheReal    

Well Damn Kobe, you should've respected your wife. No more begging and pleading, Vanessa maintains her self respect since you didn't. LOSER

1040 days ago
35.

mddiva35    

Kim Kardashian is on the prowl now!

1040 days ago
36.

=?    

What do you mean resolved all issues?
No divorce?

1040 days ago
37.

badreportingslayer    

Please check your facts. In CA, filing for divorce requires the petitioner to first file a petition, then serve the respondent with the papers. For this to happen, an outside party 18 years or older must serve the respondent. Thereafter, the respondent may file a response. Therefore, unless they somehow travel faster than the speed of sound, there is no way a response could have been filed "minutes" after the petition.

1040 days ago
38.

Swins    

Why? Is it about the money? Does Kobe want to stay married to keep his money?

1040 days ago
39.

Swins    

And yes they Kobe did file his response minutes before, both were drawn up during sit downs with lawyers and they were signed and filed at the courthouse prior to the meeting.

1040 days ago
40.

Sloane    

she should have kept her self respect and walked away when he raped that woman- instead of selling herself for a pricey ring and staying in a marriage that he was not honoring

1040 days ago
41.

rick    

Ha ha jackass, hope she cleans your clock...

1040 days ago
42.

Denver    

Karma took a while but caught up to Tiger and OJ. This one was WAY overdue. Next, something will be found on Tebow to get him out of the headlines.

1040 days ago
43.

JaundicedEye    

I'm sure in the beginning Vanessa wanted to keep it together, but when it became clear he wasn't going to keep it in check repeatedly, she then waited until the 10 year long marriage statutes kick in her in California and filed. In most of these cases, unless the parties agree to very specific language, Vanessa could get spousal support for the rest of her life. Especially since there is no way she could come close to matching Kobe's income. And that is above and beyond splitting the assets 50-50.

1040 days ago
44.

MB    

He's an embarrassment to the sports world and a bad example for youth.

1040 days ago
45.

Stan daMann    

If he feels that to enjoy life includes having sex with others besides his spouse (and many men and women feel the same way), why doesn't he (and Tiger Woods et all) marry a woman who agrees that he can do this?

Why don't they marry a woman who agrees with their philosophy about sexual partners?

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