Jean Seberg was not married four times.
This myth has been perpetuated for thirty years now, thanks to the news media listening and believing the man Jean was living with at the time of her death--and who, we have learned, was not a great influence.
Ahmed Hasni sold all of Jean's possessions after her death including her jewelry, paintings and artwork, and kept the money she had received from selling the apartment she owned at 108 rue du bac. He also sold her letters to dealers, and portions of her writings to the top bidder (which happened to be an Italian magazine).
While this was happening, Hasni posed for newspapers and magazines, gazing at photographs of Jean. And he claimed they were married. While the US news media steered clear of him, they nonetheless identified him as her fourth husband--while making much of the fact that she wasn't divorced from her third husband Dennis Berry. Jean knew that in the eyes of the law she was still married to Berry--a fact she did not deny.
The truth of the matter is that Jean Seberg and Ahmed Hasni were not married. Rev. Thomas Duggan had officiated a "blessing" of the couple at the American Church in Paris, and in correspondence with Rev. Duggan, he adds there was no such marriage or wedding ceremony that took place--in the eyes of the church of the law.
Instead it was prayer said over the couple, to keep their union safe. Nothing more. Although it may sound odd to some people, how does it compare to blessing a house or a ship or other material things? Or to regular churchgoers and the prayers recited and the extensions of peace to one another?
With the aid of Hasni, the news media has done a disservice to Jean by, more or less, labeling her a bigamist. Had they conducted basic research by contacting the American Church in Paris and inquiring about the allegation, they would have discovered Hasni was lying.
Although the French media reciprocated after investigating, none of the American news media did their job (typical of their past treatment of Jean) and the confusion continues.