Sean Penn calls off divorce for a second time

Fri May 22, 2009 10:29am EDT
 
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LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Oscar-winning actor Sean Penn has called off his divorce from Robin Wright Penn for a second time, weeks after seeking legal separation.

Weeks after saying he and his wife of 13 years will separate on the grounds of irreconcilable differences, Penn has withdrawn a court application filed in Marin County near San Francisco, the New York Daily News reported, citing court records.

"It was an arrogant mistake," Penn told the newspaper.

It is not the first time that Penn, 48, and Wright Penn, 43, have teetered on the brink of divorce.

The couple started divorce proceedings in December 2007 but got back together again a few months later and withdrew the petition. The couple have two children, aged 18 and 15.

Penn won his second best-actor Oscar in February for his role as gay activist Harvey Milk in Gus Van Sant's "Milk."

Wright Penn, who starred in the 1999 romantic drama "Message in a Bottle," is currently in France, where she is a juror at the Cannes Film Festival.

A representative for the actress declined to comment.

(Editing by Miral Fahmy)

 
<p>Best actor nominee Sean Penn from the film "Milk" and his wife Robin Wright Penn pause on the red carpet as they arrive at the 81st Academy Awards in Hollywood, California February 22, 2009. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>