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Geena Davis hits back at estranged husband's divorce filing, claims 16-year marriage wasn't official

Taryn Ryder
Yahoo Celebrity
Reza Jarrahy and Geena Davis in 2013. (Photo: Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)

There’s a new twist in Geena Davis’s divorce case. In May, the Thelma & Louise star’s fourth husband, Reza Jarrahy, filed for divorce after nearly 17 years of marriage, but Davis says the whole thing is moot — because they were never actually married.

According to documents obtained by People, Davis claims she and Jarrahy “knowingly and voluntarily chose to have a marriage-like ceremony, fully aware that it was not legally binding.”

Jarrahy, an Iranian-American neurosurgeon, and Davis wed in a private ceremony in the Hamptons on Sept. 1, 2001. “We are very happy and we look forward to spending the rest of our lives together,” they announced at the time.

The couple separated in November 2017, according to court documents. Jarrahy cited irreconcilable differences as the cause for their split and sought spousal support and joint legal and physical custody of the couple’s three kids. The surgeon also asked the judge to block Davis’s request for spousal support. They have 14-year-old twin sons, Kaiis Steven and Kian William, and a daughter, Alizeh Keshvar, 16.

The Grey’s Anatomy actress filed a petition Tuesday to have the case dismissed, claiming that the marriage was never legal. According to documents, Davis included a letter allegedly signed by Jarrahy in 2012 that stated, “I filed my tax returns in 2009 as a single individual because I am not currently married. Ms. Davis and I co-habitate and co-parent our three children but are not officially wed.”

Davis and Jarrahy met through mutual friends in 1999 and got engaged the following year. The actress was previously married to director Renny Harlin (1993–98), actor Jeff Goldblum (1987–90), and restaurateur Richard Emmolo (1982–83).

Representatives for Davis and Jarrahy have not commented on the latest filing.

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