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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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76.

john kuzmic    

kobe...when he got caught he cried..i have never done anything like this before...guess what..his divorce...i have never done anything like this before......

987 days ago
77.

Kris    

You know what? That makes me sad as I hoped they would have a long and happy marriage but somehow this is no surprise. Don't most of those pro basketball players cheat on their wives?

987 days ago
78.

Celeb Gossip Addict    

Whoa that's major. He's gonna have to get her a private jet this time.

987 days ago
79.

BBon    

Damn.
Kobe made a HUGE mistake by not making the bitch sign a prenup...

987 days ago
80.

Mark... Go Cavs !    

I guess Kobe had a few too many "give-and-go" moves OFF the basketball court !

987 days ago
81.

tjvonb    

talk about gettin ur boat rocked , what a jackhole ,,, hhhahhhhhhhhahehhehhhehhohohohohohhoooooooooooo....

987 days ago
82.

ChunkyLightning    

Sounds like she has put some thought into this. Everyone knows that his knees are about done along with his career. She is getting out when the pot is the biggest!

987 days ago
83.

Sailor    

Good! The only reason she stayed was the money anyway and now she's gonna have alot more. Soak his rapist butt!

987 days ago
84.

G    

Yeah..he's miserable alright. Miserable that she's probably gonna get his money. Why aren't these guys miserable while they're cheating on their partners??? Give me a break. I hope she takes him to the cleaners. He's probably guilty of raping that young woman in CO too! These are the atheletes kids look up to? And Tebow they make fun of??? Sick and sad world.

987 days ago
85.

Mike    

Any guy with fame, fortune or power who gets married without an ironclad prenup is an idiot.

987 days ago
86.

fech    

he must be devastated - will he b able to get laid tonight-he should talk to fig newt gingrich or cornbread cain - the 3 of them can go to vegas and execute the 9-9-9 plan in an unprecidented wave of patriotic ferver

987 days ago
87.

Whitney    

Good for her, she only waited ten years too long. Rapists don't change stripes any more than a tiger does.

987 days ago
88.

DK    

HEY..HOW MANY TIMES SHOULD YOU LET YOUR HUSBAND CHEAT ON YOU...ANSWER..NONE....IT'S ABOUT TIME A S*** BAG IS A S*** BAG. CHEATING ON EITHER SIDE IS SAD.......

987 days ago
89.

mike    

Hell they all do it he just got busted.

987 days ago
90.

Carrieann    

".......and people who saw him there say he looked miserable." Poor Baby -- He has no one to blame but himself!!

987 days ago
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