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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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16.

jo    

Planned photo op and sent to specific media sources - nice touch. So Halle proves once again she has more power, money and contacts in this situation than the father of her daughter. I'm surprised TMZ didn't include some unflattering shot of Gabriel as a bonus for Halle's team. Sad. You only have to see pics of Nahla with her BIOLOGICAL father Gabriel, (who Halle CHOSE and planned to have a child with) to see the bond between father and daughter. You would think based on Halle's childhood she'd swallow her ego and work WITH Gabriel instead of pushing him into a legal corner to spend as much time as possible with THEIR daughter. Again, sad.

BTW not surprised if she uses the current man as her next baby daddy (natural, adopted or surrogate) and does the same thing. Fast fwd a few yrs and Gabriel will be sharing a beer and comiserating with the current guy.

709 days ago
17.

jo    

Im sure it wa pre planned photo op and sent to specific media sources. So Halle proves once again she has more power, money and contacts in this situation than the father of her daughter. I'm surprised TMZ didn't include some unflattering shot of Gabriel just as a bonus for Halle's team. This very sad. You just have to look at pics of Nahla with her BIOLOGICAL father Gabriel, (who Halle CHOSE and per planned to have. Child with) to see that both love each other very much. Sadder that you would think based on Halle's childhood she would swallow her ego and work WITH Gabriel instead of pushing him into a legal corner to spend as much time as possible with THEIR daughter. Again, sad.

Not surprised if she uses the current man as the next baby daddy (natural, adopted or surrogate) and does the same thing. Fast fwd a few yrs and Gabriel will be sharing a beer and commiserating with the current guy.

709 days ago
18.

esi    

TMZ you are behind schedule saying that Hayek and hubby weren't in LA just to celebrate Halle's bday. The event and the rest of Halle's weekly outings with her fake fiance and Nahla. Hayek isn't her ace up her sleeve unless justice really is blind her. It will probably backfire on Halle like everything else because she's doing it for all the wrong reasons. She's been setting up this situation even before OM was even in the picture and she & Aubry were somewhat civil towards each other. Not an accident of Halle and her weekly photos of Nahla since her birth. It would be different if she really was afraid and in love with OM. Let's see how long they stay together if the Family Court Judge uses his judicial wisdom,

709 days ago
19.

karen1459    

Maybe the Judge should give full custody to Aubry and let her go to France. When Father and Daughter are together, there doesn't seem to be a problem. Or you can move back to Cleveland where you came from, no paps here.

709 days ago
20.

EMB    

So no other famous people raise their kids in the U.S with paparazzi around?

709 days ago
21.

agree    

Oh Halle you are such a manipulator!! Sigh!!! We know you are trying to take Nahla away from her father and this move is not about the paps! If Gabriel was smart he would counter Halle's one celeb Salma - who lately is not considered that big of a star btw - with at least 10 BIGGER stars who have lived a normal life in LA with their children and other cities in the US. Halle, how dare you!

709 days ago
22.

Sunset    

Sorry Halle, Salma's awesome cleavage won't help you get your petty little way. Nice try though!

709 days ago
23.

jo    

BTW when it comes to Lady Di's death and "accident" do some research. In 2011 a French judge ordered the investigation re-opened when it was proven that a letter from Lady Di predicting how she would die (one of 2) was found in a safe in the office of a top London police official. It had been with held from evidence. Follow the money and path of power on this one. Before you believe the paparazzi was to blame do some more reading and watch the more credible do***entaries.

I doubt Lady Di's death will be taken into account in Halle's case...especially by the French.

709 days ago
24.

MsRita    

Halle do even know California Law?

You can't move to another State or Country without the permission of the other Parent.

No Judge can grant that order. I'm sure your Attorney has informed you of this LAW.

I can't stand you and you disgust me get over its not going to happen.


He has already made you pay 20,000 a month.

The only way I could granted is move him also
Pay his rent and living expenses.

How does that sound BITCH?

709 days ago
25.

MsRita    

Halle do even know California Law.

You can't move to another State of Country without the permission of the other Parent.

No Judge can grant that order. I'm sure your Attorney has informed you of this LAW.

I can't stand you and you disgust me get over its not going to happen.

He has already made you pay 20,000 a month.
The only way I could granted is move him also

pay his rent and living expenses. How does that sound BITCH.

709 days ago
26.

backfire    

So sad for Halle's child and her daddy. I can't imagine fighting to keep my child in the same country against someone famous with tons of money.

709 days ago
27.

Nicole    

Don't ever break up with Halle! Apparently, every one of her ex-boyfriends has been abusive, or a cheater, or a racist...yadda yadda. It is never her fault. It disgusts me, how she is trying to keep that little girl from her Daddy. But mark my words, when she grows up she doesn't have to have anything to do with Halle!

709 days ago
28.

LDB    

So including "Halle believes her sexy friend" to the story does what exactly?

709 days ago
29.

BW    

Salma Hayek is no "expert witness". Look up the definition! Halle's attempts at taking THEIR child away from her father make me sick to my stomach. I can imagine how Gabriel Aubry feels.

709 days ago
30.

oBAMa    

Oh boo hoo! If you want the "honor" of being a celebrity and making the big bucks you have to learn to take the good with the bad.

709 days ago
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