Halle Berry and ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry are embroiled in a custody battle over their 2-year-old daughter, Nahla -- and it's getting ugly.
The Oscar-winning actress has even dropped filming Gary Marshall's star-studded "New Year's Eve," and was replaced by Katherine Heigl, in order to prepare for a legal smackdown with her 35-year-old fashion model ex-boyfriend.
Both camps have been slinging accusations at each other, with Berry, 44, saying that Aubry angrily "traumatized" Nahla when she was being fussy, and that Aubry called Berry the N-word.
Aubry and Berry split last April, but things have been amiss regarding Nahla their daughter since December, when Aubry filed court papers to be formally recognized as Nahla's father and share physical and legal custody.
"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 necessary steps to protect her," her rep told People.
But another twist in the convoluted custody clash is RadarOnline obtaining a livid e-mail from Berry railing against Aubry:
"You were only good for one thing.... Thanks for the donation," she wrote, according to the website.
After denying the allegation that Aubry ever abused or slurred Berry or their daughter, Aubry's friend said that "all Gabriel wanted was to ensure his legal entitled access to his daughter and to not have to be at the mercy of Halle's moods as to when and how he could see Nahla."
Reminiscent of the Mel Gibson-Oksana Grigorieva custody brawl? Maybe it's a good thing family law battles take place behind closed doors.
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-- Nardine Saad
Photo: Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry at the afterparty for the premiere of DreamWorks' "Things We Lost in the Fire" in 2007. Credit: Kevin Winter / Getty Images