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Halle Berry in a still from her 2007 movie, Perfect Stranger. - Provided courtesy of Revolution Studios/Barry Wetcher

Halle Berry's custody battle with Gabriel Aubrey turns ugly

01/31/2011 by Kristina Lopez

Halle Berry's custody battle with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey over their two-year-old daughter Nahla has made tabloid headlines with speculations of the two-year-old was "traumatized" after a visit with Aubrey.

The public battle came a month after former model Aubrey filed court papers in Los Angeles Superior Court to establish paternity and secure joint legal custody on December 30.

Earlier this week Berry's spokesperson released a statement to People magazine that read: "Halle has serious concerns for her daughter's well-being while in the care of her father for any extended period of time and is prepared to take all necessary steps to protect her. She has attempted to resolve these custody issues amicably with her daughter's father, Gabriel Aubry, directly, but given his lack of cooperation, Halle has no choice but to seek swift judicial intervention."

Berry's statement also said she was forced to pull out of filming "New Year's Eve" in order to make time for court. Katherine Heigl was hired to take over Berry's role in the star-studded ensemble film.

Though Berry and Aubry have not commented on the situation directly, People magazine also quotes unnamed sources close to the actress that claim Nahala was visibly upset when Aubry picked her up for a visit before the holidays and that the young girl appeared "traumatized" after a separate visit with Aubry.

A spokesperson for Aubry released a statement to Access Hollywood on Monday saying, "While Gabriel is disappointed in Halle's decision to falsely malign him publicly and for her own purposes, he refuses to be pulled into her dispute over a canceled film production."

The statement continued, "Gabriel also refuses to air their issues in the press as he believes this may ultimately harm their daughter. The fact is that Gabriel is a caring father who shares custody of Nahla,"

Aubry's statment then goes on to call the allegations surfacing in the press, "untrue and irresponsible."

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