From big screen bombshells and international supermodels to billionaire playboys and billboard chart-toppers, a bevy of huge international celebrities have been involved in very nasty and incredibly public custody battles over their children. RadarOnline.com has photos and details about Hollywood’s 15 Most Brutal Custody Battles.
Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger once were one of Hollywood’s hottest power couples, but when the marriage, which produced one child, Ireland, turned sour, a bitter custody battle ensued, which lasted approximately seven years and reportedly cost Baldwin $3 million. Though Kim was awarded primary custody in 2000, Alec won joint custody in 2004, but then insisted that his ex-wife was keeping his daughter away from him. Things got really ugly in 2007, when Baldwin left a nasty voicemail for his daughter after she missed a phone call with him. After Baldwin was barred from seeing her completely, he eventually apologized and the family has since worked out their differences.
Usher and Tameka Raymond may have finalized their divorce in 2009, but their custody battle over their twin sons lived on for years. During their litigation, each of the parties threw out multiple allegations against the other ranging from infidelity to history of violence. When Tameka’s son from a previous relationship got killed in a jet skiing accident earlier this year, the couple’s battle quieted down, with Usher getting primary custody of his sons.
Talk about a Gossip worthy custody battle! Kelly Rutherford shockingly split from her husband, Daniel Giersch, while she was pregnant with their daughter Helena, but it was the battle that ensued over their two children in the time after that really got nasty. After years of battling each other in court, Giersch’s visa was revoked and a Los Angeles judge ruled that the former couple’s two children, Helena and Hermes, must live in France with their father. Kelly has since appeared on various talk shows, seeking justice in her custody situation.
And who can forget Mel Gibson’s baby mama drama? After fathering a child with Oksana Grigorieva and splitting from her in April 2010, things got crazy for the actor. A month after they parted ways, Mel’s baby mama filed a restraining order against him claiming he assaulted her, subsequently filing a domestic violence suit against him. Things got even uglier when RadarOnline.com exclusively released audio of heated phone conversations between the former lovers. Finally in August 2011, the couple settled their suit, splitting custody 50-50.
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