Halle Berry‘s ex Gabriel Aubry has issued a statement in response to the claims made against him over a custody battle of their daughter Nahla. He says Halle’s allegations are “untrue” and “irresponsible.”
Halle and Gabriel are in an increasingly heated custody battle over their almost 3-year-old daughter, Nahla.
Halle’s rep issued a statement on Monday to Access Hollywood saying the actress has dropped out of the New Year’s Eve movie to focus on “custody issues.”
“Halle Berry was forced to pull out of a film production in New York this week due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter. 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,” the actress’ rep said in a statement.
“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,” the statement continued. “Halle has always made the needs and safety of her daughter her first priority and, both while Halle and Gabriel were a couple and since their break-up, Halle has only acted in her daughter’s best interest.”
Now, it’s Gabriel’s turn to issue a statement of his own.
“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. 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,” the statement to Access Hollywood said.
“Gabriel fully believes that a consistent and balanced living situation and two loving parents are crucial for their child even if Ms. Berry feels otherwise. He will always defend his rights as a father and will always consider Nahla’s best interest. Halle’s continuing allegations in the press are untrue and irresponsible.”
Halle and Gabriel began dating in 2005 and revealed they’d split in May 2010. It was shortly after that a custody battle between the two began.