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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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121.

David    

Just another over paid athelete who can't keep it inside his pants. I hope she takes that moron to the cleaners.

859 days ago
122.

wattafluk    

And here I thought it would be that pesky little rapist thing.

859 days ago
123.

JOHN KING    

Now she can buy her own 4 million dollar earings and a nice 8 million dollar necklace. Cool.

859 days ago
124.

Sandy    

She should have done it 8 years ago!!!!

859 days ago
125.

OH WELL    

SAW IT ON THE NEWS..IT's a WRAP!!!

859 days ago
126.

Mei    

I guess that the gold digger had nothing else on her list of things for him to buy her to keep her around. Frankly, he does not need her. Just hope that there is not a load of trouble as there are kids involved.

859 days ago
127.

Dianne    

Wow, I am shocked. . .I guess she didn't know that he was a jerk who would continue having sex with anyone he wanted. . as long as the diamonds and money kept coming. . .

859 days ago
128.

MILEYS WEINERHOLE    

Man...I wish I could buttho her, put my slippery peter head in her buttho and taste it,then call Kobe and put the phone by his ex womans buttho and squi***** around a bit for him to hear, the tell him Shaq was here too

859 days ago
129.

Sherrie    

Bryant and Magic Hiv, lookout women just spreading diseases,60...% household for black women living alone because of black men locked up are, to many Daddy Baby's!BLACK MEN WILL NEVER CHANGE ASK A BLACK WOMEN,SHE WILL TELL YOU SHE WANTS SOME ONE TO LAY NEXT TO,BLACK MEN OUR NO GOOD FOR THE BLACK WOMEN..THAT'S WHY A LOT OF BLACK WOMEN OUR TURNING LESBIAN!!!

859 days ago
130.

Dianne    

Wow, I am shocked. . .I guess she didn't know that he was a jerk who would continue having sex with anyone he wanted. . as long as the diamonds and money kept coming. . .

859 days ago
131.

Jane    

I'm not surprised, he's always been nothing except a cheating, rapist! How STUPID of him to not have a prenup, but again, I'm not surprised, what a MORON!!

859 days ago
132.

Carl    

If he cheated once she had to expect it would happen again. Oh well, she will get a bucketload of money out of the divorce, especially because the marriage lasted so long.

859 days ago
133.

MP    

Very sad for their kids, but good for her for finally standing up for herself.

859 days ago
134.

Lotus    

Karma's a bitch Kobe! Way to go Vanessa! It's about time!!!

859 days ago
135.

wilhelmus kokke    

There are lots of trashy/uneducated men around who take off their pants after meeting an attractive woman. Kobe might have done this in public but the LM Police Department would not have gone after him because he is a local celebrity

859 days ago
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