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Halle Berry cancels Broadway debut over custody battle

Updated: Apr 19, 2011, 10:00 AM IST

New York: Hollywood beauty Halle Berry has been forced to pull out of her much awaited Broadway debut due to "unforeseen child custody issues".

The former `Bond` girl was scheduled to perform in an stage adaptation of Katori Hall`s play `The Mountaintop`, but the producers confirmed in a statement that she will no longer be taking part, reported New York Times online.

"Ms Berry would not be appearing in the role due to child-custody issues," said the statement issued by producers.

The 44-year-old was going to play the role of Camae, a maid working at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis in Hall`s imagined account of the night before Martin Luther King Jr was assassinated.

Samuel L Jackson will still take part in the show, playing the lead role of King Jr.

Berry is currently embroiled in a custody battle with her ex Gabriel Aubrey over their three-year-old daughter Nahla.

The pair split last April and initially kept things amicable.

The Oscar-winning actress is now dating French actor Olivier Martinez and things turned sour between her and Aubrey after he was linked to Kim Kardashian back in December.

The former couple have since entered a public war of words with each other over their suitability as parents and a custody battle is raging in court.

PTI