Halle Berry has had to pass up on a movie role so she can be available to deal with some family issues.
The actress’ rep released a statement reporting that she’s backed out of New Year’s Eve, a romantic comedy directed by Gary Marshall. Why?
"[She] was forced to pull out of a film production in New York this week due to pending custody litigation involving her daughter," the statement read. Halle and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry have tried to be cool with each other while they co-parent their daughter Nahla. Halle has even had him travel with her so that he could look after Nahla while she is shooting movies.
It seems that arrangement will no longer work for Halle and her baby’s father. Gabriel has filed for joint custody of Nahla and child support. That’s not an unreasonable request, but Halle’s not so sure it would be the best arrangement for her baby.
"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 statement said.
"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 actress’ rep said. "[She] 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 breakup, Halle has only acted in her daughter’s best interest."
Production for New Year’s Eve will keep rolling along as planned, as Katherine Heigl, formerly of "Grey’s Anatomy" has been called in to take on Halle’s role.
– Sonya Eskridge