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Reports: Kobe Bryant, wife had no prenup

Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, in Dallas.

Kobe Bryant and his wife, Vanessa, in Dallas. (Feb. 13, 2010) Credit: AP

Kobe Bryant has reportedly moved out of his Newport Coast, Calif., mansion in the wake of his and his wife's divorce announcement Friday, as accounts surfaced that the NBA star had no prenuptial agreement.

The Los Angeles Times said over the weekend that Sofia Urbieta Laine, mother of Bryant's wife Vanessa, told the paper in 2005 that her daughter "just came home one day and said something to the effect that Kobe didn't want a prenup, that he loved her too much." Laine said at that time that after months of negotiations, the couple had chosen not to sign one.

The divorce petition filed in Orange County Superior Court specified property rights are "to be determined." Kobe Bryant, 33, has a net worth of approximately $150 million, TMZ.com claimed on Saturday.

The site additionally asserted Sunday that Vanessa Bryant, 29, had caught her husband of 10 years cheating on his marriage with multiple women over the years, and that a very recent act of infidelity finally triggered the divorce action.

Kobe Bryant in 2003 publicly apologized to his family after a 19-year-old Colorado hotel worker accused him of rape in what he maintained was an instance of consensual sex. To make amends, he gave his wife what the media described as a $4 million, 8-carat purple diamond "apology ring." TMZ said over the weekend that, as a gift, the ring is legally hers to keep.

Prosecutors dropped sexual assault charges against Bryant in 2004 during jury selection when the woman declined to participate in the trial. A civil suit ended in a settlement the following year.

The Bryants requested joint custody of their two children, Natalia Diamante, who turns 9 next month, and Gianna Maria-Onoré, 5. A final judgment dissolving the marriage is expected to be entered sometime next year.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Bryant has been practicing with the team. The NBA season, delayed due to a labor dispute and lockout, begins Christmas Day.

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