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Mel Gibson's wife files for divorce

April 13, 2009 | 12:57 pm

Melgibson Mel Gibson’s wife, Robyn Gibson, filed for divorce today after 29 years of marriage.

The actor-director, whose credits include "The Passion of the Christ" and "Braveheart," and his wife have seven children, including a 9-year-old. Representatives for Mel and Robyn Gibson did not immediately return requests for comment but issued a joint statement saying they wanted to keep the matter private.

“Throughout our marriage and separation we have always strived to maintain the privacy and integrity of our family and will continue to do so,” the couple said in the statement.

Gibson has had legal and public relations troubles in recent years, including his July 2006 arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, when he made anti-Semitic remarks. Gibson pleaded no contest to one misdemeanor count and agreed to attend AA meetings.

-- Victoria Kim

Photo: Mel Gibson's booking photo from July 2006. Credit: Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department