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Bronstein seeks divorce from Sharon Stone

Published Jul 4, 2003


San Francisco - US movie queen Sharon Stone's husband filed for divorce on Thursday, citing irreconcilable differences in their five-year marriage.

Newspaper editor Phil Bronstein moved to end his much-feted union with "Basic Instinct" star Stone in a divorce petition filed in San Francisco, according to court documents obtained by AFP.

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Stone and Bronstein, who are requesting joint custody of their adopted son Roan, are parting on friendly terms and want to divorce as quietly as possible, his lawyer said.

"They are trying to achieve an amicable and mutual dissolution of their marriage and are committed to being parents of their child and to doing this in as friendly and non-controversial manner as possible," said Nordin Blacker.

"There will be no drama here. They both have the interests of their three-year-old at heart and are trying to resolve this in a very private manner," Bronstein's lawyer told AFP.

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In papers filed in the Superior Court of California, Bronstein, executive editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, indicated a financial settlement would be negotiated separately.

The marriage, which was sealed in a Valentine's Day ceremony in 1988, was Stone's second. Her three-year marriage to film producer Michael Greenburg ended a year before she married Bronstein.

Stone's Los Angeles spokesperson Karen Sellers declined comment, telling AFP: "I have nothing to say about this."

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The New York Post said Stone, 45, and Bronstein, 52, were already living apart, Stone in the couple's Los Angeles mansion, Bronstein in their home in San Francisco.

It quoted unnamed sources as saying the pair split after the actress returned from London and Moscow where she had been filming her latest movie, A Different Loyalty, with Rupert Everett.

Industry sources in Los Angeles said the marriage has been under "enormous strain" for some time as Stone spent an increasing amount of time in Los Angeles and abroad attempting to revive her movie career.

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Bronstein, known for affecting a macho image with beard and cowboy boots, was reportedly the first journalist to discover the huge shoe collection of former Philippine first lady Imelda Marcos after the fall of her husband, Ferdinand.

Since their marriage, the actress and the journalist have frequently made headlines, including in October 2001 when Stone suffered a brain haemorrhage.

The same year, Bronstein required emergency tendon surgery after he was bitten by a 2m Komodo dragon during a visit to Los Angeles Zoo, organised by Stone to celebrate her husband's birthday.

Stone single-handedly sent the sales of ice picks soaring after the release of the 1992 thriller Basic Instinct, in which she played a psychotic woman suspected of luring her prey by seducing them. - Sapa-AFP

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