Ellen Barkin served with divorce papers

Jan. 20, 2006 at 8:59 PM
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NEW YORK, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Friends of actress Ellen Barkin say she was blind-sided when her billionaire husband of five years, Ron Perelman, served her with divorce papers.

Barkin received the papers Thursday at the couple's New York mansion, sources told the New York Post.

"She's shocked," a source told the newspaper. "She wasn't expecting it."

A prenuptial agreement grants Barkin $20 million in case of divorce but the figure rises dramatically after a predetermined date, which apparently is approaching, the source said.

Perelman, 62, is worth an estimated $6 billion, the Post said.

He met Barkin, 51, at a post-Oscar party in 1999. They briefly split in 2004 but have been together non-stop since.

Barkin is Perelman's fourth wife and he has six children. She has two teenage children with her ex-husband, actor Gabriel Byrne.

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