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Halle Warns the Help: Don't Speak to Me!

1/19/2007 1:59 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Money is no object to Halle Berry, but meaningless chatter, on the other hand, pisses her off.

TMZ has learned that an Orange County painting company has been called to spruce up cabinets in Halle Berry's Los Angeles home, which the Oscar winner has been remodeling for over a year. The company has been asked to merely stain the existing wood cabinets in the kitchen ... with a staggering $57,000 price tag!

The contract between the actress and all those doing work on her property has a few interesting clauses: First, any worker is prohibited to approach Berry while in the home or on the premises. Second, no one is allowed to speak to the A-list Miss B at any time. Finally, the only approved interaction is if Halle speaks to you, then you may answer Her Fineness.

When you're getting 57 large to stain kitchen cabinets, one keeps one's mouth shut.

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91.

RG    

If this is true she must got her head up her ass, because putting those word in a contract with such provision is non human. Ms Halle Berry really hads mental issues.

2750 days ago
92.

Ms. Disappointment    

I have to say that i am very disappointed in Ms. Berry. I would have never expect her to act like a stuckup snob.

2750 days ago
93.

autumn    

This is media sensationalism and it is Hollywood. I'm sure Ms. Berry has someone to oversee the project and report to her as she would report her comments to the person that has been designated to oversee the project. It is not uncommon. Also, she as well as many other people of her caliber are busy. While on location or in another country, should the contractor or workers be calling her, when she can not see what they are talking about. In addition, it is not uncommon for people to attempt to get the actors attention for their own personal gain. That would include outside contractors. Most importantly, it is a security issue. Let's get real, Donald Trump, Trish & other wealthy profiles are often targets & they must protect themselves. This is not a big deal.

2749 days ago
94.

naomi    

why don't you try porn since everyone likes you because of your body.....your a lame person with a bag ego...the painters probably pissed in the paint they used.....try porn like I said, maybe people won't think your wench...

2749 days ago
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Deana    

I think she is afraid of being stalked .......workers are usually dirty and discusting ...........i wouldnt want them gauking at me either!!

2749 days ago
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laughingatwholething    

Despite the seeming rudeness of this contract, in a way I understand Ms. Berry's request. She's harrassed constantly whenever she leaves the house; perhaps she is saying that she just wants to be left alone when she's in the house. It is, after all, her home, and is possibly the only peace and quiet she gets. Further, she may have had bad experiences with workers before, or other intrusions that have annoyed her. It's her house; she can make the rules.

2749 days ago
97.

KEMPER1    

SOOOOO TACKY! SHE IS CLEARLY SAYING "I AM ABOVE PAINTERS, THEY ARE THE WORKING CLASS...I AM MUCH TOO IMPORTANT TO LOWER MYSELF TO SPEAK TO THEM"....HOW SAD. SHE NEEDS TO LEARN WHAT REAL CLASS IT...CERTAINLY NOT THIS!

2749 days ago
98.

laughing at you    

Calm down...This is probably not even true. If that company wanted to keep the cabinet job, they wouldn't have leaked nonsense like that. You nuts are so desperate for drama. Sad...very sad.

2749 days ago
99.

A    

my first reaction to this story was 'god, who does she think she is' - but after reading a bunch of all your posts, I have to now agree with #45 and some of the other ladies. Here's why:

being an attractive woman myself - I can tell you for a FACT that contractor guys are always THE FIRST to come hitting on you! It's VERY uncomfortable if it's in your own home, or at work!

I temped as a receptionist for a company where guys lifted stuff in the warehouse, I had at least 2 men in that office blatantly flirting with me, trying to engage me in conversation all the time, asking for my number - it makes you uncomfortable, and can make you feel threatened too!

I am also a private person and quite an introvert, so I cannot blame Halle if this is what she feels she has to do!

Try to remember, stars have to deal with life differently because people are IN THEIR FACES all the time! If she can't have boundaries with strangers in her own home, then where can she have any?

Think about it for a little bit ... I'm sure you'd understand if you were an attractive woman in her shoes.

2749 days ago
100.

ghostie    

Who gives a sh*t about what Hallie Berry does? I hope my day never becomes so empty that I would care. Every freak celebrity in Hollywood needs to get over themselves.

2749 days ago
101.

Jenna    

Is Halle trying to compete with Diana Ross or something? (Diana has the same rules for some of her staff and hired help contractors. In fact, her staff is required to call Diana Ross - Ms. Ross!! Please!!) So Halle thinks she's too good for anyone else? Well let me remind Ms. Halle of something... She wipes her A$$ the same way everyone else does!!!! That makes her one of us...

2749 days ago
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4andy2c@gmail.com    

I'm assuming that the women complaininig on this post are either fat or ugly. Women are always the worst critics of women. Men create and fight wars. Women do not. Don't be fooled by women. They are just as vicious as men. You just need to pick the right subject. Here are a couple of subjects. Beauty, status, prestige, weight, age, and self confidence are just a few. Men, just 2 things; money and power.

2749 days ago
103.

Leah    

I can't believe you actually believe this BS. If this was true, the contracts would be online somewhere. A standard Hollywood work contract would say that the workers could not divulge anything about her home, personal info about her or anything that occurred while they were there.

2749 days ago
104.

tahanna    

i dunno if this is true or not but the way i see it i kind of dont blame her but i hind of do at the same time... i mean you sometimes want to be left alone but she could have just told them,, she didnt have to put it in a contract and make the people feel like sh*t. honestly maybe she didnt want to have a conversation when she was payin them to work and also she has stuff she has to worry about too, like the rumors the people could have spread that she said and started a whole controversy like the barbara and trump bullsh*t, when she may not have even said anything at all. I mean i wouldnt want sumting like that to get started about me when all i did was hire some one to work for me

2749 days ago
105.

Vicki    

Never have cared for her... Always have thought she likes herself, alot.... This just proves it to me....

2749 days ago
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