Oscar winner Halle Berry’s ex made ‘completely and totally unacceptable’ racial slurs against the actress – and dyed their six-year-old daughter’s hair blonde, it was revealed in court today.
The star took her former love, Gabriel Aubry, to court, accusing him of straightening their little girl Nahla’s naturally curly hair and lightening it over the past year in a bid to deny her African-American heritage.
As a result, Halle said in court documents, Aubry had caused Nahla ‘potential psychological and physical damage’ – and could cause her to wonder ‘why her natural appearance is not good enough’.
A judge ruled today that neither Halle nor Aubry can now change Nahla’s hair, while court records obtained by MailOnline show that Aubry has made shocking racist remarks against the star.
Mommy and me: Halle Berry and daughter Nahla, six, in LA in October 2013. Nahla’s hair is noticeably blonde
In a note included on Halle’s testimony to the court about her ex’s ‘reprehensible’ actions, she referred to the findings of Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark Juhas, who presided over their recent custody case.
He said: ‘The racial epithet made by Petitioner was and is completely and totally unacceptable.
‘Nahla is a child of both of these parents, making this sort of comment about Respondent affect the very core and being of Nahla.
‘And when Petitioner attacked Respondent for what she is and who she is, he was attacking Nahla because Nahla is part Respondent. And Nahla is part Petitioner. So when Petitioner did those things, that does serious damage to Nahla because he is attacking her core being, who she is.’
Today, a source close to Halle told MailOnline Gabriel had used racially abusive language to Halle – claiming he called her the N word – but said: ‘Halle is a great mom, she wants to keep Nahla on an even keel.’
Describing Halle’s fears over Nahla’s hair, the source said: ‘Halle kept asking and asking Gabriel about Nahla’s hair and he kept denying it.
‘What does this say to a six year old who’s half black? Her father is denying her identity.
‘Halle then filed the court papers and Nahla’s curls came back.’
In her testimony, Halle said: ‘I strongly feel that Gabriel’s same underlying attitude is at the root in the changes which only he could have been causing to our daughter’s hair.’
She told how she had secured scientific evidence to prove she is not ‘delusional’, as Gabriel had called her, ‘about the extensive damage and the changes to the texture and color of Nahla’s hair that were observed by me. I was not willing to allow this to be a ‘he said-she said’ dispute.’
The actress told how she had collected Nahla’s hair with a new brush and sent the strands from June 28, 2014, to a laboratory.
She said she first noticed a difference in her daughter’s hair when Nahla returned from visiting her father in August 2013, saying : ‘Gabriel continues to maintain that he has done and is doing nothing to cause the extensive straightening, color changes, stripping and damaging of our daughter’s hair.
‘I have personally observed the changes in Nahla’s hair texture and color over the last year. I have never personally experienced hair damage nor have I ever known a single person whose hair has suffered such excessive changes from spending time in a salt water pool (or even chlorinated water) and sunlight.’
Halle put forward ‘before and after’ photos of Nahla to the court and said: ‘I have since reviewed the laboratory report concerning this very hair sample that I obtained, which confirms to me that Gabriel has not been truthful about what he has done and had been doing to our daughter’s hair.’
The star’s mother Judith is white and originally from Liverpool in the UK, while her father, Jerome Jesse Berry is of African-American heritage.
And she noted: ‘I continue to worry about the potential psychological and physical damage to Nahla that can be caused by the use of chemical hair treatments and the psychological message that it conveys to Nahla, and to implore the court to put a stop to Gabriel’s attempts to alter our daughter’s appearance and most probably cause her to wonder why her natural appearance is not good enough.’
This is the latest court battle for Halle and Aubry, who split in 2010 after four years together, leading to a lengthy custody dispute over Nahla. In 2012, Halle was banned from moving with Nahla to France, where she said they would have more privacy.