April 9, 2009 / 9:06 PM / 10 years ago

Springsteen accused of affair in U.S. divorce case

Musician Bruce Springsteen performs during halftime for the NFL's Super Bowl XLIII football game between the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers in Tampa, Florida February 1, 2009. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes

FREEHOLD, New Jersey (Reuters) - A New Jersey man who is divorcing his wife has accused rock star Bruce Springsteen of having an affair with her.

Springsteen, who is married to singer Patti Scialfa, was accused by Arthur Kelly of Red Bank, New Jersey, of having an affair with his wife, Ann Kelly, in papers filed in Monmouth County Superior Court on March 27.

A publicist for Springsteen, 59, composer of such hits as “Born to Run” and “Dancing in the Dark,” did not immediately return calls for comment.

A spokesman for Springsteen told local media the musician stood by a statement he posted on his website in 2006 following rumors of infidelity.

In the statement, Springsteen wrote of his marriage that “our commitment to one another remains as strong as the day we were married.”

Kelly’s divorce papers said: “The defendant (Ann Kelly) has committed adultery with one Bruce Springsteen, who resides in Rumson, New Jersey, and Colts Neck, New Jersey, at various times and places too numerous to mention.”

Arthur and Ann Kelly have been married for 17 years and have two daughters, aged 10 and 12.

Springsteen and Scialfa were married in 1991 and have three children. Springsteen was previously married to actress Julianne Phillips, and they divorced in 1989.

Reporting by Jon Hurdle; Editing by Ellen Wulfhorst and Xavier Briand

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