Scarlett Johansson files for divorce

Actress Scarlett Johansson and her estranged husband, journalist Romain Dauriac, in Los Angeles in 2015. The actress has asked for full custody of their two-year-old daughter Rose.
Actress Scarlett Johansson and her estranged husband, journalist Romain Dauriac, in Los Angeles in 2015. The actress has asked for full custody of their two-year-old daughter Rose.PHOTO: EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

American actress Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce from French journalist Romain Dauriac in New York this week and asked for full custody of their daughter, as her estranged husband asked her to return to the negotiating table.

Johansson, 32, filed for divorce in the New York Supreme Court on Tuesday on grounds of "the marriage being irretrievably broken".

She requested joint legal custody and residential custody of their two-year-old daughter Rose, court documents showed.

The couple married in 2014. The court documents ask for the enforcement of a pre-nuptial agreement dated Sept 24, 2014.

In a statement on Wednesday, Dauriac, 35, said it was "unfortunate" that Johansson filed for divorce in court "and made our personal differences so public".

"I would implore her to withdraw her action promptly and to go back, as uncomfortable as it might be, to the negotiating table," he added.

The Lost In Translation (2003) actress said in a statement: "As a devoted mother and private person and with complete awareness that my daughter will one day be old enough to read the news about herself, I would like to say only that I will never, ever be commenting on the dissolution of my marriage."

The divorce filing comes after media reports in January that the couple were separated. A lawyer for Dauriac said they both live in New York, but not together.

This is the second marriage for Captain America: Civil War (2016) star Johansson, who was married to Deadpool (2016) actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011.

REUTERS

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