'L.A. Law' star Jimmy Smits files for divorce

LOS ANGELES -- Actor Jimmy Smits, a co-star on the popular NBC television series 'L.A. Law,' filed divorce papers in Superior Court Tuesday citing irreconcilable differences with his wife of nearly six years.

Smits and his wife, Barbara, were married on June 10, 1980, and separated since March 15, 1986, the court documents said.


Smits' publicist, John West, described the proceedings as 'amicable, under the circumstances.'

Barbara Smits now lives in Brooklyn, N.Y., with the couple's two children, Taina, 13, and Joaquin, 3. The papers filed Tuesday indicated that the actor would not seek custody of the two children.

Smits, meanwhile, is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 16 along with a girlfriend, Wanda DeJesus, on charges stemming from an alleged confrontation with police who were called to his West Los Angeles home Aug. 9.

Three officers were responding to reports of a woman screaming for help at Smits' home when they were allegedly attacked by the actor and DeJesus.

If convicted on charges of misdemeanor battery and resisting arrest, Smits and DeJesus could be sentenced to at least one year in County Jail and fined at least $2,000.

Smits portrays lawyer Victor Sifuentes on the NBC drama, a hit now in its second season.


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