Actress HEATHER LOCKLEAR slapped rocker husband Richie Sambora with divorce papers after finding sexy emails from a female admirer, according to a US magazine.

The pair were working through a rough patch in their relationship when Locklear discovered an e-mail which contained "provocative pictures" of a female that had long been "a sore subject" between the couple.

The Melrose Place actress had never thought that the woman and Sambora had been romantically involved, but after seeing the photos she decided to move forward with divorce proceedings.

A friend of the couple tells People magazine, "She's devastated. Absolutely devastated."

The friend also says Sambora is just as upset about the photos as Locklear saying, "Richie's saying nothing ever happened, that he never asked for the pictures."

Locklear announced last Thursday (02FEB06) that she was divorcing her rocker husband of 11 years, citing irreconcilable differences.

Sambora was on tour with his band Bon Jovi and was caught off guard by the announcement.