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May 1, 2009

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Sean Penn files for legal separation

New York — Sean Penn and Robin Wright apparently tried to make it work but now, it seems their marriage might be over for good.

Penn and his actress wife are separating after 13 years of marriage, citing irreconcilable differences.

The double Oscar winner filed the petition on April 23 in Marin County Superior Court in San Rafael, Calif., according to court papers.

The couple married in April 1996. Penn has requested joint legal and physical custody of their 18-year-old daughter, Dylan Francis, and 15-year-old son, Hopper Jack.

This isn’t the first indication of marital strife. The Penns filed for divorce in December 2007 but dismissed their petition several months later.

They attended the Academy Awards together in February. Penn, 48, won an Oscar for his role in the drama “Milk,” and neglected to thank his wife in his acceptance speech.

Court grants Redmond O’Neal rehab chance

Los Angeles — The son of Ryan O’Neal and Farrah Fawcett is getting a chance at a clean slate.

Redmond O’Neal was admitted into a drug court program on Thursday that could remove him from probation and wipe his record clear of previous drug convictions if he succeeds.

The 24-year-old will join an intense rehabilitation program that will include frequent drug tests and court appearances.

If he relapses or otherwise flunks the program, O’Neal faces several years in prison for a pair of drug convictions.

O’Neal became eligible for the drug court after he failed to pass a less stringent court-supervised rehab program.

O’Neal was stoic as Assistant District Attorney Anthony Estradas laid out the rules of the program, including that he would have to have his own job.

The payoff, Estradas told O’Neal, would be a drug-free life and possibly a better relationship with his family.

“Jail will no longer be in your future,” Estradas told O’Neal, who was wearing a brown jail jumpsuit.

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