The custody battle between Halle Berry and her baby daddy Gabriel Aubry is turning nasty with Aubry hiring lawyers in both California and Canada in a bid to win custody of their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Nahla, RadarOnline.com is reporting exclusively.
Halle, 44, released a statement Monday claiming that she 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."
Gabriel, 35, is ready to fight and will seek sole custody of Nahla, a source close to the situation told RadarOnline.com exclusively. The source says that Candadian-born Gabriel has already consulted attorneys in both California and Canada, as Nahla has dual citizenship, and will actively be pursuing sole custody -- something that was never his intention
"Halle has gone too far this time," the source tells RadarOnline.com. "Attacking Gabriel and accusing him of being an unfit father is totally below the belt and completely without merit. He's going to give as good as he gets. There's no way he is going to allow Halle to take his daughter away from him."
Some of the weapons Gabriel is prepared to use in the battle include voicemails and emails from Halle – messages that do not show her in a flattering way. The messages show a mean and controlling side of Berry, according to the source, and there’s no way she would want the made public.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Gabriel felt forced to take legal action back in December to establish his custody rights following a series of explosive outbursts by Berry.
Gabriel's intention at the time was purely to gain the right to joint custody -- believing that despite his personal problems with Halle that she was, overall, a good mother.
But, according to the source, Halle's latest actions have changed his mind on that front.
"It's obvious to Gabriel that Halle is using their daughter to get to him, and there's no way on Earth he is going to allow that to happen.
"He is going to do all in his power to keep Nahla in his life -- whatever that entails. Gabriel believes he can provide Nahla with a much more stable, consistent home life than Halle. He is willing to totally put his career on hold to care for her, whereas Halle is constantly traveling around the world and working on film sets.
"If she wants to fight dirty he has all kind of weapons in his arsenal that he can, and will, use. Gabriel has some really embarrassing emails and voicemails from Halle that there is no way she would want being made public -- things that really will show her true side and how manipulative, controlling, mean and self-obsessed she can be.
"If he is forced to he will go all out to make sure the truth is known and that ultimately his daughter is protected and properly cared for," the source said.
As RadarOnline.com previously reported, Gabriel has believed for some time that Halle has hired a PI to trail him, something, the source says, makes perfect sense in light of Halle's latest comments.
"She's obviously trying to build a case that Gabriel is an unfit father, and good luck with that! This guy is one of the most down to Earth, regular, bordering on boring men I know. She'll really have to go some to dig up even a parking ticket. He's as clean cut as they come."
Meantime, the source says that Halle is pushing hard to try to get a hearing at family court before the end of the week -- something she has, so far, had no joy achieving.