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Harrison Ford, Wife Split

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Mar 19, 2001 | 11:50am EST

The breakup year that is Y2K has claimed another casualty, and his name is Harrison Ford.

The "Indiana Jones" actor and his wife of 17 years, screenwriter Melissa Mathison, dropped a bombed on the entertainment media Tuesday with the announcement of their separation.

"We have been living apart for the past month," the ex-couple said in a statement. "We sincerely hope that we can work out our differences."

"We would appreciate it if the media and the public would respect this as a very painful time for both of us and consider this a private matter henceforth," they added.

The news, as noted by many reports, comes just days after the National Enquirer published a photo of Ford hanging out with "The Practice" star Lara Flynn Boyle in a New York club, with the suggestion that the two were romantically involved.

Boyle, 30, of course, has been very single after her much publicized breakup with sexagenarian Jack Nicholson about two months ago.

But all that is bogus, according to Ford's manager, Patricia McQueeney, who told People Online that the press statement was issued specifically to target the rampant tab reports.

"There's just no third party involved," McQueeney told People. "Not another woman nor another man."

Ford, 58, and Mathison, 49, met in 1979 on the set of "Apocalypse Now." The two were married later that year after Ford called it quits with his then wife and college sweetheart, Mary Marquardt.

Ford and Mathison have two children, ages 13 and 10.

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