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Morgan Freeman Heading for Divorce

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Aug 07, 2008 | 3:30am EDT

Morgan Freeman is divorcing his wife of 24 years, his attorney has confirmed.

Freeman, 71, denied allegations he was splitting from his wife Myrna Colley-Lee in June after reports alleged the actor had been unfaithful.

But just days after the Dark Knight star was involved in a serious car accident over the weekend, the actor's Mississippi-based lawyer and business partner Bill Luckett have confirmed the split.

In a statement, Luckett says the former couple "are involved in a divorce action," adding, "for legal and practical purposes (Freeman and Colley-Lee) have been separated since December of 2007."

Freeman was involved in the wreckage with a female passenger, identified as Demaris Meyer, whose relationship to the actor is unknown. She has been described as his friend.

Both Freeman and Meyer had to be cut free from the car before they were airlifted to a Tennessee hospital where the star has undergone surgery for serious injuries to his left arm and shoulder.

Meyer reportedly suffered only minor injuries in the crash but remains "in good condition."

At an event in June, Freeman was shocked to hear reports of his rumored break-up with his second wife when asked about his marital status, insisting, "I don't know anything about that (filing for divorce)."

Freeman married Myrna in June 1984. He also shares two children with his first wife Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, to whom he was married for 12 years from 1967.

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