Posted on Fri Dec 16, 2011 04:33 PM PDT
LA Lakers star Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are ending their 10 1/2-year marriage, according to The Insider. Vanessa filed papers in Orange County Friday.
- "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 told The Insider's Kevin Frazier.
The Bryants have already worked out the terms of their divorce with a mediator. They have two daughters -- Natalia, 8, and Giana, 5. The pair married in April 2001.
Click through to read about the legal troubles Kobe faced when he was hit with charges of sexual assault in 2003 ...
Kobe Bryant was accused of sexual assault during the summer of 2003, when a 19-year-old hotel employee in Eagle County, Colorado, filed suit.
The case was dropped after Byrant's accuser refused to testify, but a subsequent civil suit was settled out of court and Kobe apologized publicly, while not admitting guilt.
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