There are two sides to every story. When Halle Berry’s ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry and current fiancé Olivier Martinez got into a bloody brawl on Thanksgiving day, the initial report was that the model started it all when he attacked Martinez after dropping off his 4-year-old daughter Nahla at Berry's home. Now, four days later, Aubry, 36, is telling his side of what happened that morning.
According to TMZ, Aubry was granted a restraining order from the “Unfaithful” actor, and in his declaration, he claimed that the day before the fight, he took Nahla (his daughter with Berry) to her school play, and when his ex and Martinez showed up, Martinez whispered in his ear in French, "I wish I could beat the s--t out of you right now. You're lucky we're in a school right now. We're going to take Nahla right now and you're not going to follow us.” That next morning, Aubry states, he brought the little girl back to her mother’s home, but instead of the nanny receiving Nahla as she normally does, Martinez appeared at the door and said, “We need to talk.” According to Aubry, he was walking to his car when Martinez jumped off the stairs and knocked him to the ground. As he beat the model, he yelled that he had cost him $3 million in lawyer fees (Berry and Martinez recently lost their bid to move to France with Nahla). Aubry also writes in his declaration that after the fight, Martinez said, “We called the cops … you're going to tell them that you're the one who attacked me, or I'm going to kill you."
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In his court filing, Aubry’s lawyer also included photos of the former Versace model’s face … and they are graphic. Aubry’s right eye is completely purple and swollen shut, while his left eye is bruised and scraped. His hair is also matted down and there are minor scrapes along the bridge of his nose.
Aubry’s side of the story is, of course, very different from the one told by Martinez, 48, and Berry, 46. According to TMZ’s original report, eyewitnesses to the fight told police that after Aubry dropped Nahla off at Berry’s home, Martinez said to him, “We have to move on,” in reference to the battle between Berry and Aubry over Berry attempting to relocate with Nahla to France – and that Aubry responded with his fists. He reportedly swung at Martinez’s face, but was blocked and instead struck the actor on the shoulder. Then Aubry pushed Martinez to the ground, and Martinez defended himself by punching Aubry in the face.
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As a result, both men ended up at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In addition to Aubry’s injuries, Martinez sustained a neck injury and what was originally thought to be a broken hand. The morning after the fight, Martinez was photographed inside a liquor store with cuts all over his hand. On Monday afternoon, he was seen arriving at the hospital for a follow-up doctor’s appointment.
Aubry was eventually booked for "a private persons arrest for battery," according to the LAPD and his bond was set for $20,000. He bonded out of jail about an hour later.
Aubry is due back in court on December 13.
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