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Salma Hayek

Expert Witness in Halle

Berry Custody Fight

8/16/2012 8:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Halle Berry has an ace up her sleeve in her child custody war ... her good friend Salma Hayek ... and Halle believes her sexy friend could help her convince a judge that moving to France is necessary for her and Nahla.

TMZ has learned ... Halle's lawyers just filed a declaration from Salma ... in which the actress says she knows firsthand that France is a much safer place for a celebrity because of tougher paparazzi laws. 

In the declaration, Salma -- who's married to a French billionaire -- tells the court ... she spends a ton of time in France with her young daughter Valentina ... and doesn't have to deal with the kind of paparazzi crushes she gets when she's in the United States.

As we previously reported, Halle wants to move across the pond with her daughter and fiance to escape the constant paparazzi attention and recent intruders at her L.A. home.

Case in point -- Salma and Halle went to dinner together in Hollywood last night ... and walked right into a paparazzi flash storm as they exited the restaurant.

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12:50 PM PT -- Court update: they're still doing opening statements. The judge just broke for lunch.

10:00 AM PT
-- It's on. Halle just arrived at court. Gabriel is there too.
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125 COMMENTS

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kaden000    

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709 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

evidently unnecessary

709 days ago
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Pinky Swayerz    

I'm sure the fact that Halle's boyfriend lives in France has absolutely nothing to do with her desire to move to France. It's all about Nahla's safety, right? I can't wait to hear what her excuse will be for moving back to Hollyweird when she inevitably breaks up with this guy. Everybody knows she can't keep a man.

709 days ago
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karlew    

Hayek is gonna change her tune when she and Pinault divorce and she wants to move back to the States with her kid. Just wait, it's gonna happen.

709 days ago
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Harlin's Garage    

She can't be a witness, she's French now....
This living in France and wearing Birkenstocks with
Johnny Depp at Clooney's villa is about to start pissing me off. Everybody's gotta be artsy fartsy now a days...

709 days ago
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The New Improved Sock Puppet    

Halle! Salma! Drop the kids off and come to papa!

709 days ago
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O_o    

i'd like to vote that halle be granted permission to move to france. ...and at this point, i believe that the rest of America agrees. tootles halle!

709 days ago
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Poule    

Can someone answer my question ?
Why is it that in America there are not tougher laws when it comes to privacy of celebrities?

I am not saying that there should be, I really just don't have a clue why since they complain all the time. Freedom? Money? Rights? Cultural?
Thanks :)

709 days ago
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Cujeaux    

If she moved 30-60... miles out of LA she wouldn't have that problem. This is all about getting the kid away from that gigolo she married.

709 days ago
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Ace    

Get out of the biz if it's that bad.

709 days ago
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Poule    

Salma Ayek'husband is 76 years old.
Nice match, I mean wise match.

709 days ago
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Eric in L.A.    

Salma married the old coot so she could get some $$$ before she got too old and her looks were gone. She played it right. She got plenty of money from the divorce and had a kid with him so she could collect hundreds of thousands a month in child support. Another Anna Nicole

709 days ago
13.

Liz    

When they are young and poor they all want to live in Hollywood to get notoriety, to get rich and famous, once they accomplish that, then they all want to live in Europe and dish this country...blah
Halle, without the papparazzis, we wouldn't even be talking about you right now, since your movies-record has been pretty lame...once that playboy kick you to the curb, Where are you going to live next?? let me guess, You will be back in LA looking for someone to take a picture of you...

709 days ago
14.

davey    

Does she not know they don't like black folk in France.

709 days ago
15.

Sabrina    

Or perhaps the French paparazzi isn't that interested in Salma anymore. She hasn't done much in years.

709 days ago
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