Halle Berry has been accused of not filing her own divorce papers. Reports say her divorce petition went under the radar because she didn't use her real name.
Halle Berry has been accused of not filing her own divorce papers. Reports say her divorce petition went under the radar because she didn't use her real name. She used the name Hal Maria (Hal is obviously short for Halle, and Maria is her middle name).
Reports say the actress did it for privacy reasons. She listed her husband as Oliver Martin instead of Olivier Martinez. Halle's lawyer, Steve Kolodny, even listed their 2-year-old son Maceo as an alias -- Mac Martin.
Halle also did not properly serve Olivier ... she just handed him the documents, which she's not allowed to do. Under California law, a party to an action can't serve the other party. Now, a legal fight is brewing over who's divorcing who.
Her actor husband, Martinez filed for divorce against Halle on Tuesday morning [October 27], after Halle's divorce petition couldn’t be found anywhere in the system. The French actor claims fake names are kosher and so his lawyer, Laura Wasser, filed his papers listing Olivier as the petitioner.
As for why being the petitioner is important, in Hollywood it matters who left who. Olivier's asking for joint custody of the couple's 2-year-old son, Maceo. As we reported, they have a pre-nup so money will not be an issue.
According to TMZ, Olivier and Halle have not been getting along and last week was a breaking point, after a Los Angeles airport employee recently sued Olivier for pushing a car seat into his chest. He also named Halle and sources say she went nuclear on Olivier saying he's responsible for her bad publicity.
The site claims Halle and Olivier had a fundamental personality clash. She is "very difficult" and "goes nuts when she doesn't get her way," and Olivier has a temper, though not violent toward her. It was a bad combo.