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WIFE of basketball player Kobe Bryant has filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences.
Reports of alleged affairs with multiple women are said to be the reason behind Vanessa Bryant's decision to end her 10-year long marriage to the L.A Lakers player.
In a joint statement, the couple asked for their family's privacy be respected and well-being of their two young daughters.
"We ask that in the interest of our young children and in light of the upcoming holiday season, the public respect our privacy during this most difficult time," the couple said.
Bryant, who has had a remarkable career as guard for his team, was accused of sexual assault by an employee at a Colorado hotel in 2003. He denied the claims and charges eventually were dropped after the woman refused to testify.
The Bryants were married in April 2001 and are said to have no-prenup which could under Californian law entitle Vanessa to half of Kobe's estimated net worth of between $150- 300 million.