By Jen Heger – Radar Legal Editor
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Vanessa filed for divorce from Kobe Bryant, her hubby of 10 1/2 years, on Friday. There is no pre-nup.
Vanessa almost filed for divorce from the Lakers star, four years ago, because she was so disgusted with his blatant cheating.
“Vanessa almost threw in the towel four years ago. Kobe has always had a slew of girlfriends, and the cheating was almost blatant,” a source close to the couple tells RadarOnline.com. “Vanessa had consulted with a divorce attorney, not Laura Wasser, who she has hired to represent her now. Kobe promised Vanessa he would stop cheating, and the two went to marriage counseling. Kobe did seem like a devoted husband, and Vanessa decided not to go through with filing at that time.”
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Vanessa infamously stood by her NBA champ husband during their 10-year marriage despite a high-profile scandal in which he was accused of sexually assaulting a worker at a Colorado hotel.
Bryant, 33, admitted to having sexual relations with 19-year old hotel employee Katelyn Faber but denied assault.
The assault case was dropped by prosecutors after Faber refused to testify in the trial. A separate civil lawsuit was eventually settled out of court for an undisclosed amount.
The couple have two daughters, and Vanessa wanted to raise them in an intact family, but in the end decided enough was enough.
“Vanessa wanted to stay together for the children. Vanessa stood by Kobe during his darkest hour, and she believed him when he said there would be no more women,” the source says. “Vanessa began to get suspicious again about 16 months ago about Kobe cheating on her, he knew that if he wasn’t faithful, she would leave him. Vanessa had no other choice.”