Tuesday, October 19, 1999 Published at 16:56 GMT 17:56 UK
Michael Douglas free to marry Catherine Zeta Jones
Divorce settlement will allow the two Hollywood stars to marry
US actor Michael Douglas appears to have agreed to a £40m payoff to his wife Diandra to leave him free to marry Welsh actress Catherine Zeta Jones.
Hollywood rumours claim the 55-year-old star of blockbusters including "Fatal Attraction" and "Basic Instinct" had agreed to pay the sum to Diandra, 41, his wife of 22 years.
The pair separated in 1997.
The actor's publicist, Alan Burry, said the divorce papers had not yet been signed, but added "It's only a matter of time. They have agreed everything."
Burry would neither confirm nor deny the reported sum involved.
Douglas and 30-year-old Zeta-Jones had been expected to announce their engagement with a party at his Malibu home on September 25, the birthday they share.
But the date passed without an announcement.
Zeta-Jones, who starred in "Entrapment" and "The Mask of Zorro," told Hello magazine last month that the couple shared "a very special relationship".