Geena Davis is going to have an uphill battle to convince the court her and her estranged husband were never married because he just filed the best proof he could find ... THE WEDDING PHOTOS!
In new documents obtained by The Blast, Reza Jarrahy explains he is outraged that Geena would "lie" to the court and say they were never married. He goes through a bunch of proof he says is enough to show their marriage was valid — and one of the things he provided was the actual pictures of the wedding and reception.
As The Blast first reported, Geena Davis filed her own documents with the court saying her and her husband were never LEGALLY married because they never obtained a marriage license and filed separate taxes every year.
In the new docs, Reza does not deny that part but says they did not get a license or file taxes together as "a financial strategy orchestrated by Geena and her business manager." He claims they told him that "identifying as 'not married' would benefit Geena's tax burden" and that his taxes were done by them.
He also says, "Did she lie to everyone when she told them we were married? I certainly intended to marry, and believed I was marrying Geena and our early history together and Geena's own statements in interviews she gave to the press supports that this was her intention as well. Any suggestion that we had no intention of getting legally married is absolutely untrue!"
Reza goes on to describe how the couple met and how they became engaged. He says that Geena's own publicist at the time is the one who leaked the story to the media. Incredibly, he points out that he was a young doctor at the time and he bought a 4-carat Harry Winston ring that cost double his yearly salary and took him 10 years to pay off.
As far as the marriage license, Reza claims it was the "Beetlejuice" star's idea not to get a marriage license because she was adamant that no press would find out about their wedding day. Any application would tip the press off about an imminent wedding ceremony.
At the time of the wedding, Sept 1, 2001, Geena was pregnant with the couple's first child. They went on to have three kids and were "married" for 17 years.
The documents outline the wedding ceremony with photo proof of each part of the day. Reza also says that the wedding was officiated by both a priest AND by his father so that it could be validated under Islamic laws and traditions for his family who immigrated from Iran. His father also filed documents outlining his involvement.
Reza also included photos of the traditional Muslim table that was used in the ceremony which was filled with sweets. During the process, he said the couple fed each other from the table, signifying sweetness for a lifetime.
The photos include Geena Davis in her wedding dress, which he claims she designed.
He puts it this simply, "Geena and I left the alter as husband and wife."
Legally, Reza's lawyers argue that according to New York law (the ceremony was in The Hamptons) a marriage license isn't needed to be "married." His legal team points out a marriage in New York is "solemnized" when the parties solemnly declare in the presence of a clergyman or magistrate and the attending of witness or witnesses that they take each other as husband and wife.
He is asking a court to throw out her motion to dismiss the divorce.