Zellweger Cites Fraud in Chesney Split
September 16, 2005

Hollywood is still reeling from the news of Renée Zellweger and Kenny Chesney’s shocking split. Now, "Extra" has the court papers that the Oscar-winning actress filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, asking for an annulment, citing fraud as the reason for the split, and requesting no spousal support be given to Chesney.

Friday morning, Zellweger told "Extra," "The term ‘fraud’ as listed in the documentation is simply legal language and not a reflection of Kenny’s character."

Celebrated New York divorce attorney Raoul Felder explained to us why fraud would be used in an annulment. "If you want an annulment, you have to allege fraud," he said. "The fraud is basically, ‘I would not have married if I’d known this.’ The usual case is, ‘I don’t want to have children.’"

And today, Chesney told "Extra," "This is an incredibly sad time. I just hope everyone can respect the privacy that I know Renée has already asked for."

Just last week at the London premiere of "Cinderella Man," Zellweger told the British press she was happily married, but that she didn’t want to elaborate.

"I just can't talk about it," she had said. "I have to keep my precious things precious. But thanks for asking."

But for something so precious, why were the two rarely seen together? The actress flew solo at the Venice Film Festival on September 5, but was wearing her wedding ring at the Tokyo premiere of her movie "Cinderella Man" just days ago.

People magazine’s Jess Cagle added, "The fact that they only knew each other a few months before they married indicates that they may not have known what they were getting into."


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