Divorce rumours about Colley-Lee and Freeman surfaced in June
Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and his wife of 24 years are to divorce, according to his lawyer.
Bill Luckett told US cable TV show Access Hollywood that Freeman and costume designer Myrna Colley-Lee "are involved in a divorce action".
He added: "And for legal and practical purposes the pair have been separated since December 2007."
The 71-year-old Dark Knight star is recovering after being involved in a serious car accident on Sunday.
Freeman was driving a car belonging to his friend, Demaris Meyer, when he lost control and veered off a highway close to his home in Charleston, Mississippi.
The car flipped over several times before landing in a ditch.
Bill Rogers, who saw the accident happen, recalled a conversation he had with Freeman at the scene: "He said that she had offered him a ride home; that they were friends, and she didn't really know the way and so he was going to drive the vehicle."
The pair were airlifted to Memphis's Regional Medical Centre, about 90 miles (145km) north of where the accident occurred.
The actor suffered a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder injuries.
Mr Luckett, who also co-owns a blues club with Freeman, visited the actor in hospital on Wednesday. He said: "It's going to take a few months because he got banged up pretty badly actually."
"He's in good spirits today and he hopes his golf swing is going to be better than ever now with his fixed arm," the lawyer added.
Freeman married Myrna in June 1984. He also has two children with his first wife, Jeanette Adair Bradshaw, whom he was married to for 12 years from 1967.
Freeman won a best supporting actor Oscar for boxing drama Million Dollar Baby in 2005.
He has twice been nominated in the leading actor category - for The Shawshank Redemption in 1995 and Driving Miss Daisy in 1990.
Last year it was announced the actor would play former South African president Nelson Mandela in forthcoming film The Human Factor.
His first credited film appearance was in the 1971 movie Who Says I Can't Ride a Rainbow!
Prior to that, he had worked as a mechanic in the US Air Force.
His film appearances include Se7en, Unforgiven and the rebooted Batman franchise.