LOS ANGELES – Actress Shannon Elizabeth's estranged husband filed a lawsuit Wednesday seeking half of all property and assets the pair accumulated during the five years they lived together before they were married.
Actor Joseph D. Reitman and his then-girlfriend, who was born Shannon Elizabeth Fadal, began living together in 1997, according to papers filed in Superior Court.
Until their marriage on June 15, 2002, the couple agreed to "be equal partners in the acquisition of assets and in financial affairs whether such transactions were separate or joint," the lawsuit states.
Reitman claims that Elizabeth secretly transferred assets acquired during the years before their marriage and contends that he deserves half.
Reitman also alleges that he sacrificed his career to promote Elizabeth's.
The actress, who played a sexy foreign exchange student in the "American Pie" films, filed for divorce in June 2005.
Calls placed to attorneys for Elizabeth and Reitman were not returned Wednesday.