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Judge Wants Hearing in TV Marriage

April 5, 2000

LAS VEGAS (AP) _ TV’s instant bride isn’t getting an instant annulment.

Instead, Family Court Judge Steven E. Jones has set a court hearing for Wednesday on annulling Darva Conger’s marriage on the Fox network special ``Who Wants to Marry a Multimillionaire?″

Conger filed for an annulment March 7, saying her marriage to Rick Rockwell was a mistake and that she was never told about the groom’s ``history of problems with women.″

In such cases, a judge can either grant the annulment based simply on the court filing or schedule a hearing. Janice Boyle, spokeswoman for the Clark County clerk’s office, said it’s not uncommon for a judge to call a hearing.

It was unclear from court papers when Jones made the decision to order a hearing in Conger’s case.

Conger, 34, has said that a contest she signed up for on a lark went unbearably wrong when Rockwell, 42, selected her from 50 contestants on the show. They married on the spot in Las Vegas during the Feb. 15 show, with more than 22 million viewers watching.

Despite the smash ratings, Fox canceled a rebroadcast of the show and swore off a sequel and similar program after it was disclosed that a former fiancee obtained a restraining order against Rockwell in 1991 for allegedly hitting and threatening her.

Rockwell denies the allegations.

Conger and Rockwell both signed an agreement before the show that they could annul the marriage.

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