Just as Jesse Williams tried to downplay his rumored relationship with Minka Kelly, the two were spotted together in Los Angeles, and it had all the signs of a date.

On July 11, TMZ published exclusive photos (seen here) of Jesse and Minka leaving a movie theater in the West Hollywood area. Both tried to stay incognito -- they both donned baseball hats and the "Grey's Anatomy" actor also wore a hoodie.


Romance rumors have encircled the two since reports first surfaced that Jesse and his wife of five years, Aryn Drake-Lee Williams, are divorcing.

Jesse and Minka have been spotted hanging out over the past few months and spent time in Paris where they were shooting a video game/movie. On Jan. 28, she even shared a snap with Jesse and another friend.

The new pics come just as the actor blasted critics of his personal life on JAY-Z's new video "Footnotes from 4:44."

"I was in a relationship 13 years, 13 real years, not 5 years, not 7 years, 13 years and all of a sudden mother f------ are writing think pieces that I somehow threw a 13-year relationship," he said, "like the most painful experience I've had in my life like with a person I've loved with all my heart -- that I threw a person and my family in the trash because a girl I work with is cute."

It's widely believed that that "girl" he's referring to is Minka.

On April 24, TheJasmineBRAND.com broke the news that Jesse filed for divorce earlier in the month. He listed "irreconcilable differences" as the reason for the divorce.

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"They're trying to keep their split top secret and away from the public. They've actually been separated for awhile now," a source told the site.

Jesse and Aryn have been in a volatile custody battle for their two kids ever since the split.