Custody tensions between Halle Berry and her ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry have escalated after a physical altercation broke out between the Canadian model and Halle's current fiancé, Olivier Martinez.
The scuffle took place as Gabriel was returning his daughter Nahla to her mother's Los Angeles home following a Thanksgiving visit. Authorities say he and Olivier locked horns on the doorstep once the little girl was inside with Halle, who promptly called 911.
According to TMZ, both men were hurt in the fight, with the French actor sustaining hand and neck injuries, and Gabriel suffering a broken rib, lesions to the face and a possible head injury. Both were treated in hospital.
Once released, Nahla's father, 36, "was booked for a private persons arrest for battery," an LA police spokesman told People magazine, adding: "Bail is $20,000."
Gabriel is now bound by an emergency protective order, effective until December 3, which requires him to stay 100 yards away from his daughter, her mother and Olivier Martinez. He is scheduled to appear in court on December 13.
The drama is likely related to Gabriel and Halle's well-documented custody battles. The Oscar winner is said to want to relocate her family to France, Olivier's homeland. However, a judge recently upheld Gabriel's objections and blocked a permanent move to Europe.
In January, the pair were apparently told they should take joint parenting classes together – a recommendation which came from the LA Department of Children and Family Services and was designed to give them "the tools to work through their issues, and hopefully become better parents for it" according to RadarOnline.
Gabriel also agreed to attend anger management sessions after an incident when he was alleged to have "pushed" his daughter's nanny. A source connected with the case also told the website: "Gabriel has a little bit of a temper, but the good news is that he realises it."
Despite their differences, the former couple are both motivated by a firm belief of what they think is best for their child. Halle's desire to move to France – where stars enjoy stricter privacy laws – is said to come from her wish to keep Nahla away from the harsh glare of Hollywood's spotlight.
Reflecting on the situation the actress said: "She's just a little kid, and I just want her to be a little kid, and have normality and be like everybody else. As her mum, that's my job - to provide her with that, you know? It's frustrating when you feel like you can't."
And Gabriel is every bit as protective. In 2011 – when their custody battle was being widely publicised – a rep for the Canadian model told Access Hollywood: "The fact is that Gabriel is a caring father who shares custody of Nahla
"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."