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5 Celebrity custody battles

Pamela Anderson & Tommy Lee

Baywatch babe Pam Anderson and Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee married in 1995 after spending just three days together in Mexico, and went on to have two sons, Brandon and Dylan, during their three-year marriage. The pair divorced in 1998, after Tommy served 180 days in jail for assaulting Pam (although they nearly divorced twice before). At that time, the boys went to live with their mother. In late 2001, though, Pam petitioned for full custody of the boys, then ages 5 and 3. In 2002, after several rounds in court, Tommy and Pam agreed to share custody.


Halle Berry & Gabriel Aubry

Former couple Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubry share a daughter and a long road to parental peace. In March 2008, daughter Nahla was born, and the two enjoyed shared custody until December 2010, when Gabriel filed for both paternal rights and partial custody (including child support). While this battle played out, Halle and Gabriel slung nasty accusations back and forth. In February 2011, Gabriel dropped his suit for custody.


Britney Spears and Kevin Federline 

Both parents petitioned for physical custody of their two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, a request that was granted to Britney. But soon after the divorce was finalized in 2007, Britney partied hard, went to rehab and was whisked away from her home and committed to a psychiatric ward. In 2007, she also lost custody of Sean and Jayden. By 2008, her visitation rights were suspended and Kevin was granted full legal and physical custody of the boys.


Alec Baldwin & Kim Basinger

Alec Baldwin and Kim Basinger were married in 1993 and welcomed a daughter, Ireland, in 1995. By 2002, though, their marriage was over and Kim was awarded physical custody of Ireland (with Alec awarded joint legal custody and visitation rights). The battle raged on for full custody on Baldwin's part, in and out of the courts and the media for years.


Mel Gibson & Oksana Grigorieva

In January 2010, Oksana accused Mel of physical abuse. She also went on to allege that Mel had physically abused his ex-wife. In the following months, Oksana, now Mel's ex-girlfriend, accused Mel of both hitting her in the face and threatening to kill her. During this time, the two settled on an out-of-court child support agreement. Over? Not even close. Oksana sought a new settlement. Mel accused Oksana of extortion. A judge handed out restraining orders to both and confiscated the audio tapes for examination. At this time, no custody settlement has been reached.


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