Roseanne Barr’s Ex-Husband Files Palimony Suit

From Times Wire Services

Roseanne Barr’s former husband filed a palimony lawsuit seeking at least $15 million from the comic and $3 million from her new husband, Tom Arnold.

William Pentland’s 14-year marriage to Barr ended in divorce in January. In a lawsuit filed Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court, Pentland claimed he is entitled to half her property as well as support payments.

“When they started living together they had nothing,” said celebrated divorce lawyer Marvin Mitchelson, who represents Pentland. “They agreed to be lifetime companions, confidants and share everything they have. We are trying to enforce that agreement.”


The lawsuit accused Arnold of undermining the marriage by telling Barr her husband was “unreliable, non-supportive and a detriment.”

Barr, 36, and Pentland, a writer, were married in Salt Lake City in 1975. Their three teen-age children live with Barr and Arnold in their Los Angeles home.

A divorce and custody hearing was scheduled for Sept. 18.

“I really feel this lawsuit is specious and is just an opportunity to get publicity,” said Barr’s attorney, Arlene Colman-Schwimmer.

Barr plays a sarcastic Midwestern housewife on ABC-TV’s top-rated sitcom “Roseanne.”