Oscar-winning actor Morgan Freeman and his wife of 24 years, Myrna Colley-Lee, a costume designer for theater, have filed for divorce, Freeman's business partner says.

The news comes after Freeman, 71, and a female passenger, Demaris Meyer, 48, of Memphis were in a car accident Sunday night near Freeman's home in Tallahatchie County, Miss. The actor suffered a broken arm, broken elbow and minor shoulder injuries.

Bill Luckett, who co-owns a restaurant and blues club in Clarksdale, Miss., with Freeman, says the divorce was in the works before the accident.