In an all-too-common travesty of justice, Gabriel Aubry was severely beaten by Halle Berry’s fiancé Olivier Martinez, who then called the police and had him arrested for battery.
According to Aubry’s court declaration, filed by his lawyer Shawn Holley, Aubry took daughter Nahla to her school play on the day before Thanksgiving. TMZ reports that Berry and Martinez showed up and Martinez walked up to Aubry and whispered in his ear in French, “I wish I could beat the (expletive) 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.”
Aubry maintains that as he walked toward his car on Thanksgiving Day, Martinez knocked him to the ground and started brutally beating him, screaming that Aubry cost them $3 million to fight the custody war (Halle’s failed move to take Nahla to Paris). Aubry says Martinez slammed his head on the concrete driveway. Martinez’s camp maintained it was Aubry who started the fight.
Although people who start fights sometimes do lose, I believe Aubry, and here’s why:
When you are a father in a custody dispute, you learn very quickly that any misbehavior at all will destroy your chances to be with your child. If someone threatens you, you have to take it without reacting with aggression. If someone insults you, you have to blow it off. You must demonstrate the ability to face constant provocation without reacting to it. It’s all part of the extremely dehumanizing and humiliating process that has been created to grind fathers down into the dirt and force them to give in.
As for Martinez, I think he’s lying through his teeth. Anyone who gets between a caring father and his child is quite simply a bad person. Someone who actually attacks the father deserves, well… I’ll leave it to the imagination.
Obviously, Martinez was counting on Halle Berry to back him up in court. I’m sure she will, which means he may well get away with it. It’s an entirely transparent setup, and Halle is as responsible as Martinez for what went down, but as the mother she’ll get off scot free.
Here’s the real kicker: A judge issued a restraining order against Gabriel Aubry after he was beaten by Martinez, and CPS was alerted for potential child abuse. If you get in a fight in the presence of a child, most states count it as child abuse. I’m sure Aubry knew that, which is why it’s highly unlikely that he threw a punch as Martinez claims.
It is incidents like these that expose the blatant lie that women have it worse than men in the US. Merely for trying to be a good father, you can be beaten, arrested, threatened with death, investigated for child abuse and rendered indigent if the mother happens to be a vindictive person, and she will never face anything but the most trivial consequences for it. Perhaps Halle feels a pang of guilt for Aubry’s beating, but probably not; American women are trained from birth never to feel any guilt for what they do to men, just as slave-owners are trained from childhood to view slaves only as livestock. If she feels anything at all, it’s probably discomfort over the negative publicity.
Here are some pictures of Aubry post-beating, if you have the stomach for it.