Kobe Bryant should have had a prenuptial agreement with his wife, Vanessa Bryant, if he wanted to keep most of his money, legal experts say. But apparently that wasn't the case, and Kobe Bryant's wife, Vanessa, could end up with a massive divorce settlement.
The NBA's Los Angeles Lakers star was married to Vanessa Bryant for 10 years. Now, she's filed for divorce after apparent infedility, having caught him multiple times according to reports.
In the latest, Vanessa Bryant is said to have caught him cheating with multiple women but the latest was the proverbial straw that broke the marriage. RadarOnline is linking Bryant to one of Kim Kardashian's best friends. She is reportedly 27-year-old Carla DiBello, a producer on the reality TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians and Kourtney and Kim Take New York.
Bryant's net worth is estimated at $150 million, according to The Los Angeles Times, quoting legal experts who say Vanessa Bryant will likely receive at least $75 million plus continuing spousal and child support if Kobe Bryant didn't have a prenuptial agreement. Vanessa Bryant's mother had reportedly said in an interview with the Times years ago that Kobe and Vanessa Bryant did not have a prenuptial agreement, and one legal expert said one would have limited her rights to spousal and child support.
Bryant was the highest paid player in the NBA last year, earning $24.8 million in salary.
DiBello, said to be one Bryant had an affair with, is said to be close friends with the Kardashians and is known to travel with them. She and the 33-year-old Bryant, a five-time NBA champion, are said to have been friends for two years.
Vanessa Bryant, who has two children with the star, filed for divorce Friday in Orange County Superior Court, citing irreconcilable differences.
Kobe Bryant has already moved out of the couple's mansion in Newport Coast, Calif.
Vanessa Bryant stuck by her husband when he was accused of sexually assaulting an employee at a Colorado hotel in 2003.
The NBA star admitted to having sex with 19-year-old Katelyn Faber but denied assault. The criminal case was dropped, and a civil suit filed by the woman was later settled out of court. Vanessa Bryant filed for divorce citing irreconcilable differences.
Seeking to end a 10-year marriage, Vanessa Bryant signed papers earlier on Dec. 1 and he filed a response on Dec. 7 and the document was filed on Friday. According to the document, she and Kobe Bryant aim to share custody of their children, daughters Natalia, 8, and Giana, 5. She asks that Kobe Bryant have visitation rights.
TMZ reported initially that Vanessa Bryant thinks her husband has been unfaithful. The NBA star made headlines in 2003 after he was charged with sexually assaulting a Colorado woman. TMZ quoted one source 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. This one is the straw that broke the camel's back.
TMZ also reported that Kobe Bryant wants his wife back, to keep the marriage together and is willing to do whatever it takes to save the marriage.
According to The Associated Press, Kobe and Vanessa issued a joint statement about the divorce saying they have resolved all issues incident to their divorce privately with the assistance of counsel and a judgment dissolving their marital status will be entered in 2012. They ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season the public respect our privacy during this difficult time.
The Los Angeles Times reports that Kobe Bryant, in the midst of preparing for the Lakers season opener in late December, did not talk to reporters after a team scrimmage Friday at USC.
Kobe and Vanessa Bryant met in 1999 during a music video shoot. She was 18-years-old at the time. They married in 2001.
It was just two years later when Kobe Bryant was charged in the sexual assault case. She appeared at a news conference at the time in support, holding his hand as he admitted he had committed adultery. She also issued a statement at that time.
I know that my husband has made a mistake -- the mistake of adultery, the statement at the time. He and I will have to deal with that within our marriage, and we will do so. He is not a criminal.