Halle Berry has scored another victory in her decade-long child support clash with ex-lover Gabriel Aubry, DailyMail.com can exclusively reveal.
Berry, 56, has spent years embroiled in costly custody battles with the fathers of her two children, 15-year-old Nahla Ariela Aubry and nine-year-old Maceo Robert Martinez.
The Monster’s Ball actress was ordered to pay Gabriel Aubry $16,000 a month plus a lump sum of $115,000 when the duo first locked horns in Los Angeles Superior Court in 2014 – a figure which she would later describe as “extortion”.
In 2021, she managed to reduce that figure to $8,000 a month, but the Oscar-winning actress was forced to pay her an additional 4.3% of any annual income above $1.95 million.
Now, new documents obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com reveal that Berry – who earns $10 million per film – has managed to cap that amount at $4.5 million.
Halle Berry (pictured left in 2022) and ex-partner Gabriel Aubry (pictured right in 2008) amended their daughter support agreement in a May 15 filing that caps the actress’ additional payments at 4 $.5 million
The exes have shared joint custody of their only child together, Nahla (pictured in 2009) since their split in 2010
This means that the maximum she will have to give to her male model dad each year, in addition to the monthly payments, will be around $110,000 per year.
‘Halle will continue to pay Gabriel 4.3% of any income she receives above $1.95 million, as additional child support for Nahla, however, any additional child support payments under of this paragraph shall not exceed $109,650 per year, which is the difference. between 4.3% of $1.95 million and $4.5 million,” the filing states.
“The parties agree that additional child support in excess of $109,650 per year would exceed Nahla’s reasonable needs.”
The court victory comes as Berry is expected to see major payouts for two potentially lucrative film projects underway this year.
She is currently filming an action thriller, Our Man from Jersey, alongside Mark Wahlberg, while her Netflix sci-fi film, The Mothership, is due out later this year.
Assuming she will earn $10 million for each, she would have had to pay him an additional $860,000 of that income under the previous deal.
However, it’s not all good news for Berry as the amended pact, approved by Judge Michelle Kazadi on May 17, states that she still owes Aubry $288,000 in income for 2022, to be paid in installments. monthly from June 1.
The agreement, which remains in place until Nahla graduates from high school – or turns 19 if she’s still in school – offers hope that the couple’s long-running custody dispute will settle. finally out of breath.
The couple started dating in 2005 after Berry divorced her second husband, Eric Benet, and announced their separation in 2010.
“She is, and forever will be, one of the most special and beautiful people I have ever known, and I am sure we will continue to have nothing but love and respect for one another. each other,” Aubry said after the breakup.
They insisted they would “remain committed friends and relatives”, but soon found themselves embroiled in legal proceedings after Berry tried to move to France with Nahla to live with ex-husband Olivier Martinez.
Berry was originally ordered to pay her Canadian model ex $16,000 a month plus a lump sum of $115,000 when the pair first locked horns in 2014
The couple’s breakup seemed to be amicable at first, but ended up turning ugly after Berry tried to move to France with Nahla to live with her new husband at the time.
The court order, obtained by DailyMail.com, says Berry will continue to pay 4.3% of any additional income she earns over $1.95 million, capped at $4.5 million.
According to the filing, both parents agreed that any amount over $109,650 per year would “exceed Nahla’s reasonable needs.”
Berry, who is currently dating singer and musician Van Hunt, claimed her daughter would be better protected due to France’s strict privacy rules – but a judge blocked the move.
During a custody transfer down the driveway of the Halle home, Martinez and Aubry were involved in a seizure and both were treated for injuries.
She also tried to stop Aubry from having any contact with Nahla in 2012 after cops investigated him for allegedly pushing his nanny through a door while holding the then two-year-old girl.
The worker claimed she was left “psychologically traumatized”, but a judge denied her request for a restraining order and Aubry was never charged for the spat.
Berry previously claimed her child support payments should be cut by 80%, accusing Aubry of “living” on the payments she was sending him.
She also accused him of straightening and dyeing their daughter’s hair to make her “whiter”. A judge ruled that neither parent could change Nahla’s natural hair texture or color.
“It is with regret that I have concluded that I should seek the intervention of the court in these matters,” his lawsuit said.
“But until Gabriel recognizes the meaning of joint legal custody and how it is implemented, it appears the court will be my only recourse to protect Nahla’s best interests.”
Berry, 56, has spent years embroiled in costly custody battles with the fathers of her two children, Nahla Ariela Aubry, 15, and Maceo Robert Martinez, nine (pictured in 2019)
Berry and Aubry started dating in 2005 after her divorce from second husband Eric Benet (left) and announced their separation in 2010. She then married Oliver Martinez in 2013 but called it quits in 2016
The Oscar-winning actress has been in a relationship with singer and musician Van Hunt since 2020. They are pictured in September 2021
Berry was married to baseball player David Justice from 1993 to 1997 and to R&B singer Eric Benet from 2001 to 2003.
She married Martinez in 2013 but they announced they were separating in 2015. Their divorce and custody arrangements are still being debated behind closed doors before a private judge.
In a thinly veiled critique of the men in her life, Berry shared a meme on Instagram in 2021 that read “women owe you nothing.”
The Catwoman actress – who didn’t mention Aubry by name – has opened up about her feelings about her massive child support bill and attacked the “outdated” rules used to determine the amount.
“It takes great strength (sic) every day to pay for it. and BTW that’s wrong and that’s extortion!’ she wrote.
“I’ve been paying for it for a decade now. I think if a woman or a man has to pay child support well above reasonable needs to SUPPORT the child, I think that’s wrong!
“I understand that some parents (male or female) may need help, but I also think that in these modern times, both men and women have a responsibility to take care of their children financially, to work hard and to do everything possible to do so.”
Berry added: ‘The way a lot of laws are made, people are allowed to USE children in order to receive money to live a lifestyle that not only hasn’t earned them, but goes way beyond. beyond the reasonable needs of the child and that’s ‘THE WRONG’ and where I see the abuse.’