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Scarlett Johansson Files For Divorce Despite Negotiations Underway [VIDEO]

Update Date: Mar 10, 2017 10:48 AM EST

Scarlett Johansson filed for divorce on Tuesday from French husband Romain Dauriac with whom she had a daughter. The move seems to be completely unexpected by Dauriac.

Hal Mayerson, Dauriac's lawyer, expressed surprise that the actress decided to file for divorce in spite of private negotiations going on between the two. Both parties are trying to agree on economic issues and a residential custody of their 2-year old daughter, Rose Dorothy. Mayerson viewed Johansson's action as a hostile act likely preceding a custody battle.

Dauriac, an art show curator in New York City, released a statement regretting that Johansson had made their circumstances public. He urged her to drop the petition and proceed with the negotiation they had started earlier no matter how uncomfortable it might be. He pointed out the reason it was necessary-- that not just one, but both were going to continue to play the role of Rose Dorothy's parents, the People reported.

Scarlett Johansson told news outlets in a statement that she was never going to speak up about her separation for the sake of her child. She described herself as a devoted mother and a private person. In essence, the star was asking for privacy, which Mayerson thought was incompatible with how Johansson had been handling her divorce affairs, according to the USA Today.

Mayerson claimed his client had been the "primary parent" for the toddler and that he and his daughter had been living their lives according to Johansson's schedule for filming. The People reported earlier that an alleged source revealed the reason for the split -- the marriage did not make sense and they were not equals.

Hailed as the highest-grossing actress of 2016, Johansson starred in the film "Captain America: Civil War" as Black Widow. She will play the character in the "Avengers" film scheduled for release in May next year.

Before her marriage to Dauriac, Johansson was married to the actor Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011.

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