For the last several months, celebrity exes Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry have been embroiled in a heated custody battle over their 3-year-old daughter, Nahla. And after previously accusing Aubry grossly neglecting and endangering their daughter, Berry is now accusing the supermodel of pushing their nanny.
According to RadarOnline, the latest flare up in the custody battle began last Wednesday (Jan. 18), when Berry’s nanny showed up to pick Nahla up from school. However, the child wasn’t there and the nanny went to Gabriel’s home to go find her. Once she arrived, she discovered that Aubry kept Nahla home from school for two days because she was sick. According to a source, the nanny decided to confront Aubry about keeping the child home and that’s when Aubry became both verbally and physically abusive.
“The nanny went to pick Nahla up at school and she wasn’t there, so she went to Gabriel’s home. Gabriel and the nanny got into an argument because no one alerted her that Nahla didn’t go to school,” said the source. “She picked up Nahla to leave and Gabriel yelled at her and shoved her out the door so hard that she hit the wall — while she had Nahla in her arms.” The source also claims that the abuse has been an ongoing problem for the nanny.
Following the incident, the distraught nanny filed a police report and Aubry is now being investigated for misdemeanor battery and child endangerment. The nanny also informed Berry about the abuse and told her she was quitting her job to avoid anymore trouble. Now, Berry is taking legal action against Aubry.
The couple appeared in court on Jan. 24, where Berry asked a judge to strip Aubry of joint custody of Nahla, due to his alleged attack against the nanny.
However, Aubry is reportedly denying the claims and telling his close friends that the nanny tripped and fell while they were arguing.
“Why in the world would Gabriel push the nanny causing her to fall while she was holding his daughter?” a source close to the situation asks. “Gabriel is fiercely protective of Nahla. The nanny tripped, and she fell while holding Nahla. Yes, Gabriel and the nanny were arguing, he felt like his parenting skills were under attack again. Gabriel can’t believe how out of control this situation has become. He is hopeful that criminal charges won’t be filed against him.”
TMZ reports that a decision in the child-endangerment case has been postponed until Jan. 30.
Stay tuned as this story is sure to heat up again next week. In the meantime, check out a list of other incidents when celebrities allegedly attacked the help or a child, below. –nicholas robinson