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Vanessa Bryant Awarded $75 Million in Kobe Divorce

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    Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (L) and his wife Vanessa
By Benge Nsenduluka, CP Reporter
January 20, 2012|11:34 am

Vanessa and Kobe Bryant have reached a deal in their divorce property settlement, and Vanessa has reportedly walked away with close to half of her estranged husband's estate.

Despite talks of a reconciliation, Vanessa has been awarded $75 million which sources say is half of Bryant's estimated $150 million estate, according to TMZ.

The 29-year-old mother of two has been given all three of the former couple's mansions located in Newport Beach, Calif.

Kobe, 33, was likely obligated to transfer the property to Vanessa because under California law, Vanessa is entitled to 50 percent of his assets because there is no prenuptial agreement.

Last month the couple's publicist revealed that after 10 years of marriage, Vanessa had filed for divorce, citing "irreconcilable differences."

While the couple has not confirmed the specific reason for divorcing, critics assumed that Vanessa may have grown tired of her husband's infidelities.

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After standing by her husband throughout his 2003 Colorado sexual assault case and continuing to have a 10 year marriage with Bryant, fans speculated whether Vanessa actually faced genuine on-going problems with Bryant, or whether she was sneakily strategic in waiting to reach the 10 year marriage mark for financial gain.

"Her mother taught her well to wait for the ten-year mark (before divorcing])," Vanessa's former step-father Stephen Laine recently told TMZ.

"In California ... it's considered a long-term marriage and then she gets paid for life or until she remarries ... just like her mother is doing to me," he added.

Despite Laine's words, some insist that Bryant's infidelities simply became too much for his wife.

Last month Radar Online linked Bryant with 27-year-old Kim Kardashian pal, Carla DiBello.

According to reports the pair engaged in an extramarital affair after years of a platonic friendship.

Vanessa is said to have learned about the alleged affair through the wives of fellow NBA players.

It is said to be common for players to confide in their wives in confidence about the infidelities of other players.

Neither Bryant nor Vanessa have publicly responded to the DiBello affair claims.

 

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