Halle Berry has dropped out of her latest film to concentrate on battling her ex Gabriel Aubrey for custody of their two-year-old daughter Nahla.
The former Bond girl, 44, has been replaced by Katherine Heigl in romantic comedy New Year’s Eve, which is due to start filming this week.
Her representative told People magazine: “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 the steps necessary to protect her.
“She has attempted to resolve these custody issues amicably with her daughter’s father Gabriel Aubrey, directly, but given his lack of cooperation, Halle has no choice but to seek swift judicial intervention.
“Halle 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 break-up, Halle has only acted in her daughter’s best interest.”
The couple split in April last year and Aubrey, 35, filed papers in December seeking to be recognised as Nahla’s father and asking for shared custody.