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'Cheater' Banner Flies Over Bobby Flay's Hollywood Star Ceremony

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Bobby Flay, the Food Network star who's in the midst of a nasty divorce, got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday. And during the ceremony, a plane pulling a banner emblazoned with the word "cheater" flew overhead.

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The banner showed up when the 50-year-old Food Network star went on stage to speak, and continued flying until he was done, an eyewitness at the event told E! Online.

It's not clear who exactly arranged for the banner to be flown, or if it was intended for Flay. However, there's some speculation that it may have been the handiwork of Flay's estranged wife, Law & Order: SVU actress Stephanie March. Flay filed for divorce in April following 10 years of marriage with the 40-year-old actress, saying that their marriage had "broken down irretrievably."

Sources told Page Six that the couple split after March found out that Flay had been cheating on her for three years with his assistant, 28-year-old Elyse Tirrell. Actress and writer Maia Madison told Page Six about the moment when March found out: "[March] came to my house and was sobbing uncontrollably. She said, 'I can't believe the last 10 years of my life have been a lie.'"

Flay's camp argues that the cheating accusation is a lie: "We will continue to refrain from responding to the continued efforts by certain parties to spread rumors and innuendo," Flay's rep told US Weekly. "This specific allegation was in a letter sent from one attorney in this case to the other. It was written and then leaked specifically to try to insert this story into the press, and that’s unfortunate. Even more unfortunate is that all of this is being done in order to renegotiate a prenuptial agreement that was agreed to over a decade ago and never amended during the marriage."

Here's a close-up of the banner: