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Danny Masterson's wife Bijou Phillips requested spousal support in her divorce filing — even though the actor will be in prison for 30 years

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Actor Danny Masterson arrives at Clara Shortridge Foltz Criminal Justice Center in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, May 31, 2023 with wife Bijou Phillips for his retrial for allegedly raping three women between 2001 and 2003.Myung J. Chun / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
  • Bijou Phillips filed for divorce from actor Danny Masterson on Monday.

  • The filing comes less than two weeks after he was sentenced to 30 years in prison for rape.

  • According to the divorce petition, Phillips will seek spousal support as he is behind bars.

Danny Masterson may still be expected to support his family throughout his 30-year prison sentence for rape.

The "That 70's Show" actor's wife, Bijou Phillips, filed for divorce in Santa Barbara Superior Court on Monday, citing irreconcilable differences, court documents obtained by Insider show. The filing came less than two weeks after he was sentenced for raping two women in a high-stakes Los Angeles re-trial.

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In the petition for the dissolution of their marriage, Phillips requested spousal support and full custody of their 9-year-old daughter — though she said she would still allow their child to visit their father.

Neither Phillips' nor Masterson's attorneys responded to Insider's request for comment.

"Ms. Phillips has decided to file for divorce from her husband during this unfortunate time. Her priority remains with her daughter," Peter Lauzon, Phillips' attorney, said in a statement, per journalist Yashar Ali. "This period has been unimaginably hard on the marriage and the family. Mr. Masterson was always present for Ms. Phillips during her most difficult times of her life. Ms. Phillips acknowledges that Mr. Masterson is a wonderful father to their daughter."

Phillips was a constant presence throughout both her husband's trials. The first ended in a mistrial in November 2022. The second ended in Masterson's conviction on two counts of rape in May, and he was sentenced on September 7.

Following Masterson's sentence, sources close to Phillips told People she would stand by her husband and had no plans to divorce. Less than a week later, she filed the paperwork to do just that.

In the petition filed by Phillips, the couple's date of separation is listed as "TBD."

She also requested legal and physical custody of their daughter, as well as for Masterson to cover her attorney fees. Phillips wrote in the petition that Masterson could have visitation rights from their daughter as well.

A declaration filed by Phillips alongside the petition also highlights that since 2018, Phillips and their daughter Fianna, have been living apart from Masterson's Los Angeles residence, in a home in Santa Ynez, California.

Phillips, a singer and actress, is a Scientologist along with Masterson. She held a recurring role in the FOX sitcom "Raising Hope" between 2010-14, acting in several movies between the mid-1990s and 2010.

Masterson held a role in "That 70's Show," one of the most popular sitcoms to air, which earned at least 15 awards, and over a dozen prime-time Emmy nominations, according to IMDB.

Read the original article on Insider