Matrix Maker's Divorce Gets Even Messier

05/19/2004 at 12:00 PM EDT

Matrix Maker's Divorce Gets Even Messier
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The long-simmering battle to dissolve the marriage between The Matrix trilogy co-creator Larry Wachowski and estranged wife Thea Bloom took another nasty turn this week, with her filing a breach-of-contract suit in regard to an alleged pre-nup agreement apparently signed before their Oct. 30, 1993, wedding, according to court papers.

Bloom has contended that Wachowski, along with his brother Andy, thought up the profitable Matrix franchise after they had married, but his side claims the opposite – meaning he would not have to share his millions of dollars in earnings with her.

As the Smoking Gun revealed on its Web site, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Rolf Treu barred Larry Wachowski, now 38, from receiving any "monies, property, or anything of value" from the two film production companies he co-owns with his brother, 36. This was done in response to Bloom's claim that she was not receiving a proper accounting of her estranged husband's net worth.

Bloom filed for divorce in December 2002.

In papers that Bloom filed on the eve of the opening of The Matrix Reloaded, she stated that Wachowski "has been extremely dishonest with me in our personal life" and that the couple's separation was "based on very intimate circumstances concerning which I do not elaborate at this time for the reasons of his personal privacy."

Since then there have been more than a few press leaks hinting at what Bloom might have been referring to.

Last year, his date at the Cannes Film Festival went on to tell British tabloids that Wachowski was a cross-dresser, and he raised eyebrows at L.A. premiere of The Matrix Reloaded by showing up with a woman who purportedly was a dominatrix who used to run an S&M Web site. Then, just two weeks ago, the Chicago Sun-Times quoted unnamed "friends" who claimed Wachowski was prepping to undergo a sex-change operation.

There has been no comment from Wachowski on any of the developments.

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