Bonds' wife files for separation

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

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(06-08) 17:39 PDT SAN FRANCISCO -- Barry Bonds' wife has filed for a legal separation, court records show.

Liz Bonds, who married the former Giants slugger in 1998, is seeking spousal support and custody of the couple's 10-year-old daughter, according to the filing Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

She cited irreconcilable differences. They have lived in Beverly Hills since 2003.

Bonds, holder of baseball's career home run record, is awaiting trial in federal court on perjury charges, accused of lying under oath when he told a grand jury that he had never knowingly taken banned drugs.

A key prosecution witness in the case is former Bonds girlfriend Kim Bell, who says the slugger once confided to her that he was using steroids.

Bell has told authorities that she began dating Bonds in 1994, during the breakup of his marriage to his first wife, Sun. Bell said the relationship continued for five years after Bonds married the former Liz Watson, whom he met in a club in Montreal.

Bell's claims got widespread publicity - at one point she posed in Playboy magazine - and it put strains on the marriage. So did Bonds' forced retirement from baseball. His last Giants contract expired after the 2007 season, and no other team signed him.

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This article appeared on page B - 2 of the San Francisco Chronicle



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