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Ben Affleck is selling his Savannah-area home, but it's not because he needs the cash to pay off Jennifer Garner in their divorce. One actually has nothing to do with the other. Gossip Cop can separate fact from fiction.

In late May, it was revealed Affleck had listed his Georgia compound, which is located on Hampton Island Preserve, more than thirty miles outside of Savannah. He purchased the property in 2003, but hasn't spent much time there in the last two years. Now RadarOnline is trying to connect his decision to sell the estate to his ongoing divorce from Garner.

It's specifically alleged a "cash-starved" Affleck is "selling assets to pay her off." A so-called "source" is quoted as saying, "Ben is selling because of the divorce. He needs the cash, which will go to Jen as part of the settlement." Yet while multiple outlets weeks ago covered the news of Affleck putting the residence up for sale, no reputable publications connected the decision to his split from Garner. Similarly, none have reported anything about him being in financial trouble.

In fact, in evidence that's he not, Affleck purchased a $19 million home in Pacific Palisades in April. If he was in such dire straights financially and needed to conserve money for his divorce, he needn't have purchased such a pricey abode. In comparison, the Georgia compound is on the market for only for $8.7 million. It's apparent then that Affleck is not "cash-starved."

It seems the real reason he's decided to ditch the Southern estate is because he just doesn't need it. Affleck hasn't been spotted there since filming Live By Night on the property in the fall of 2015, at which time he also lived there for the production. If it was a vacation home that he used regularly, it might seem odd that he was suddenly parting ways with the compound. But it appears roughly two and a half years have passed since he's stayed there, so it's not exactly eyebrow raising that he's decided to unload it.

An Affleck confidante, who declined to speak on the record, tells Gossip Cop it's "not true" he's selling the residence to pay for his divorce from Garner. It should also be noted that RadarOnline has little credibility when it comes to reporting on the estrange couple. Last December, we busted the website for falsely claiming Affleck dumped Lindsay Shookus to win back Garner. And while the National Enquirer is running a virtually identical story about the property sale in its print edition this week, the site's sister tabloid lied about Shookus being pregnant with Affleck's baby last fall. Neither outlet can be trusted.

Our Verdict

Gossip Cop believes there to be elements of truth, but the story is ultimately misleading.

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