Olivier Martinez assaulted a paparazzo at LAX in front of Halle Berry & Nahla

This ^ is a photo of Olivier Martinez and Nahla Aubry in Maui yesterday, enjoying the last moments of their Hawaiian holiday. Olivier, Nahla and Halle Berry flew back to LA yesterday, and I’m including some of the photos of their departure from Hawaii at the end of the post. Apparently, upon their arrival at LAX after their relaxing holiday, Olivier turned violent and he attacked a paparazzo. Just FYI: after doing this job for years and spending a lot of time looking through paparazzi photos, I know that there are many paparazzi who simply hang out at LAX, waiting for flights to come in because they’ve gotten tips that certain celebrities will be arriving. I think the paparazzi have to stay in one area (the main entrance) to photograph celebrities. My point is that if you’re a celebrity and you’re arriving at LAX, you know for sure that you will be photographed. Even Meryl Streep gets pap’d at LAX. So, with that in mind, this is what happened:

It was a rough landing in Los Angeles for Olivier Martinez. Halle Berry’s fiancé got into a physical altercation with a paparazzo after arriving at Los Angeles International Airport Monday night from Hawaii with Berry and her daughter, Nahla, E! News has confirmed.

According to eyewitnesses, the trio were making their way out of the terminal when they were swarmed by photographers as they came down an escalator. During the ensuing mayhem, Martinez allegedly assaulted the shutterbug by kicking him in the leg and wrist.

Reportedly, the photographer later grabbed Martinez by the arm to ask to why the 47-year-old actor kicked him, a move that seemed to incense Martinez further. After the actor put Nahla in a waiting SUV, he purportedly stormed back to the photographer and kicked him again.

Berry, who had earlier told the barrage of paparazzi, “Get away, there’s a child,” then grabbed her fiancé and asked him to get in the vehicle.

Airport police and an ambulance subsequently arrived at the scene. E! News has reached out to LAX police for comment.

The incident is a double-take of sorts for Martinez: Last Thanksgiving, he got into fisticuffs with Berry’s estranged baby daddy, Gabriel Aubry, who claimed that Martinez threatened to kill him if Aubry didn’t consent to allowing Berry move to France with Nahla.

Aubry eventually secured a restraining order against Martinez, but not before the dustup left him with a gnarly black eye and a broken rib.

[From E! News]

One argument to make is that Olivier was simply defending his girlfriend and his girlfriend’s daughter from a swarm of paparazzi, that Nahla might have been frightened by the flashes and the men yelling her name, and that it’s gross to think of grown men swarming Halle and her daughter. That argument is totally legit, and it IS gross. There is another argument to make, though – that Olivier is violent, that he has a short fuse, that there were lots of other ways to handle this situation, that LAX is no stranger to high-profile celebrities and they could have easily gotten a security escort. Ugh.

Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. fabgrrl says:

    Poor Nahla! What horrible sh*t she has seen in her young life. And it will just keep coming.

    • V4Real says:

      It won’t be long before Halle is stating that she was in another abusive relationship and this time it might really be true. This man has severe anger management issues.

      • Jen says:

        I agree. He had no business going back for more since I am sure that pap will sue his ass. He has a short fuse and I wouldn’t want my kid around him.

      • c'est la vie says:

        The pap definetly didn’t help – grabbing Martinez is just part of an assault in progress.
        An ugly scene for Nahla indeed.

        Halle needs more security around her,that’s for sure.

    • Kim says:

      I saw the video the pap pushed Nahla and so he should have beat the guys ass.

      • Sabrine says:

        There was zero physical contact with any pap. Halle pushed Martinez into the vehicle before anything happened. The pap can try to profit but the video tells the whole story.

        The paprats should be banned from hanging around airports with their cameras. It’s got to be a hassle for other passengers to have this garbage going on, pushing, shoving, yelling. I don’t know why it’s allowed.

  2. DeltaJuliet says:

    Well, in my mind, everything that happens to Halle is her attempt to say “See? See how terrible it is for me? Let me go to France”.

    • dorothy says:

      I think that’s everyone’s first thought. She seems relentless in her pursuit to get her way.

    • clare says:

      What judge would let her move to France with a physically abusive ‘step’dad? This man will assault someone at the drop of a hat. One day maybe it will be Halle?

    • Hakura says:

      I was thinking this was the perfect example in favor of Halle’s wanting to make it illegal to take pictures of one’s children without permission.

      Honestly? I could even see her *intentionally* deciding to go to a pap-hot-spot, LAX, & not take security, to make her point. JustJen says (below) that Orange County Airport isn’t too far from LAX, & could’ve been used instead.& Madame raises the point further, saying Burbank airport is even closer.

      So it’s not even like they didn’t have a choice.

    • leelee says:

      Absolutely right. She will prob be back in court, trying to use this incident as “new evidence” she MUST move to France with her daughter. The paps are gross and obnoxious, but Halle courts, inflames and exploits her interactions with them at her kid’s expense and for her own narcissistic purposes. She’s now in same category as Sean Penn and Alec Baldwin: while her irritation at paps is valid, her reaction and refusal to make any attempt to avoid them reveals her as mentally disturbed.

  3. aims says:

    I’ll take the short fuse theory.

    • phlyfiremama says:

      Seriously. Loose cannon comes to mind~there is a difference between scuffling and KICKING someone in the leg~you could really damage someones knee joint permanently. I thought there was soemthing fishy with the whole story Thanksgiving, and this just gives more credence to that episode being at Martinez’s instigation.

    • Meredith says:

      Sounds like Halle has gotten herself another violent boyfriend and he was doing what he usually does – being stupid. Other stars get security to steer them through the airport and avoid all this. She can do that too if she wants.

    • Tiffany :) says:

      I agree. I think it is especially wrong that he kicked, when to the car, then came back and kicked some more. Clearly he can’t say he was defending himself if he went back for more.

      I also have to say this sheds some light on the Gabriel situation from last year. Olivier seems to have a habit of beating people.

    • Kudzuqueen says:

      Well, that does seem to be her type. He will eventually make a mis-step in a big way.

    • karmasabiatch! says:


      Martinez gives off serious aggro-maniac vibes. I’ve always thought he baited Gabriel Aubrey in that Thanksgiving Day beat down.

      Poor Nahla.

  4. bea says:

    This guy seems like a rage-a-holic and she seems like she’s enabling/covering for him.

  5. lori says:

    I really feel bad for that child. She is surrounded by idiots.

  6. judyjudy says:

    That poor little girl. What a crappy thing to be exposed to.

    I still don’t understand why the paps are allowed to swarm the airport. It seems like such a security risk.

    • JustJen says:

      LAX is well known pap hang out. 45 minutes from LAX is the Orange County Airport — John Wayne, I believe. Completely possible to avoid the pap mess at LAX. 100% their choice to put themselves into the situation. Don’t feel sorry for any celebrity crying over being papped at LAX.

      • Madame says:

        Good point. Burbank Airport is even closer than John Wayne. I don’t understand why she didn’t have a bodyguard with her. Seems she only had a driver. Strange for someone with her relationship with paparazzi.

        My ex was a high profile bodyguard and he would always point out when someone escalated a situation. Most of his job was anticipating and eliminating problems. Then de-escalating any conflicts. If some altercation happened, then he failed at his mission. He was real matter of fact about it, and held no regard for macho bs.

        A jacket covering Nahla’s face/body would have been a quick fix in shielding her and ruining the photo. Yelling at paparazzi is like dropping a bloody wounded seal in a shark tank. It’s always going to get vicious fast. Punching, kicking, fighting is just plain stupid and begging for a spectacle.

        She knows this. Probably trying the next tactic to move to France.

      • cr says:


        And there are celebs who can fly through LAX and not get papped, or papped as much.

        But it also depends on what you want-looking on ITA’s site, there don’t seem to be any nonstop flights to Honolulu from JW, there are from LAX.

        But if you were flying to NYC and wanted to avoid the paps, JW would be a better choice.

        Or, as already mentioned, get security.

      • Eileen says:

        I agree! Its like going to lunch at The Ivy and being mad you get photographed.

      • CandyKay says:

        There are also direct flights from LAX to Burbank or Orange County, so they could have transferred at LAX and taken a short commuter hop to a less paparazzi-infested airport.

        Their beach shots with Nahla in Hawaii were clearly staged, so they don’t have any trouble with paparazzi photos of children when it suits their purposes.

      • cr says:

        CandyKay, true, but that’s what I mean, depends on what the celeb wants. Or anyone, really. Do you want a non-stop, or as few stops as possible, especially for long-haul flights. Your best bet is LAX, and if you’re a celeb, then you roll the flight dice and take your chances on getting papped. And not freaking out when you get papped. Or you take precautions to make sure that they’re not surrounding and harassing you.
        I’m not a fan of flying, and would have gone with the non-stop flight. But most other flights, if I’m really trying to avoid the paps, then it’s another airport.
        I think for some celebs LAX is just ‘easier’ and so they’ll put up with the possibility of a few minutes of being harassed by the paps (or if they like being papped, not being harassed).

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Most celebs (of a certain level) take charter flights. They don’t have to deal with security or other people. You can get single flights, own a plane, or even do a time-share type thing with NetJets.

  7. L says:

    Countdown til Halle makes a claim about ‘dangerous paps and why she needs to move to france’ starts…..

  8. TheOriginalKitten says:

    Man, Olivier is just wilting away…ugh.

    He looks older and older every time I see him..

    • akua says:

      I know! I used to think he was hot, and it’s hard to believe how much worse he looks now.

    • Chicagogurl says:

      When he was with Kylie he was so sexy. He’s not aging well but then again stories like this make any man less attractive.

  9. MisJes says:

    Ugh. This man has proven to have a short fuse and a penchant for violence. Despite the fact that he probably felt provoked, I find his behaviour disgusting, especially when there is a small child looking on.

    • Miss M says:

      I was going to write that same thing: it proves he has short fuse.

      I saw the video on E! news tonight. I don’t think He was provoked. The guy was walking almost side by side to Halle. I guess he touched him and he reacted and Halle held Olivier’s arm. When he was getting in the car and decided to leave, Halle kept screaming Olivier, No, No don’t do this…

      This video is such a proof that he is violent. Unfortunately, Gabriel didn’t have footage to prove it.

      ps: Halle’s screaming voice is beyond annoying!!!! I can even picture her fights now…

      • MisJes says:

        Was he really not provoked? Wow, that just makes this all the more worse doesn’t it! What a piece of work.

  10. Lulu.T.O. says:

    Ugh. It makes me rather ill to see him carrying Nahla in just the same way Gabriel does. I’m horrified that Berry continues to subject her child to this violent cretin.

  11. Helvetica says:

    Why so violent, Olivier?

    He went back to kick the guy? Sheesh.

    Assault charges (or a pay-off) in 3, 2, 1…

    Sidenote: I would hate to be that famous.

    • Liv says:

      “She grabbed her fiancé and asked him to get in the vehicle.”

      So this wasn’t possible when he beat Aubry to a pulp? These two are really fucked up.

      • Hakura says:

        Oh, I’m sure it was possible. But Aubrey not letting her get her way (whisking their young child to the other side of the world where he may not see her for God-knows how long) probably caused Halle to enjoy seeing him get the crap beat out of him.

        Very f*cked up indeed.

  12. Kim says:

    Protect your family Olivier

    • TG says:

      It isn’t his family dumba**. If he was protecting “his” family he wouldn’t have tried to kill the father of “his” daughter.

      • Miss M says:

        “If he was protecting “his” family he wouldn’t have tried to kill the father of “his” daughter.” Thank you!

    • Hakura says:

      It can’t be justified either way. But he himself destroyed any hope of calling it ‘self defense’ when he put Nahla in the van & returned to beat the guy up some more.

  13. dorothy says:

    I just don’t know about these people. I realize the papparazzi can be intrusive, but doesn’t Oliver’s reaction seem to make the situation go from bad to worse?

    • gg says:

      Correcto. Because he’s a violent idiot and she’s just an idiot. She enjoys antagonistic people, obviously.

  14. lem says:

    He’s a violent sociopath. End of story. I wish Gabriel would/could use these violent outbursts as reason to keep Nahla away from him.

    I agree that the tactics that the paps use are pretty gross, but I have a problem with the fact that Berry only seems to have an issue with them SOMETIMES. She never has an issue when they “catch” her being all happy family on a beach somewhere. She’s such a hypocrit.

    • TheyPromisedMeBeer says:

      I was about to say the same thing about Berry’s selective anger at the paps, and then I saw you beat me to it.

      While I think it’s disgusting that the paps would swarm a family with a kid like they are wont to do, I can’t believe that Berry hasn’t considered at all what kind of message it sends to Nahla about how to deal with these situations whenever Nahla has to see Mommy’s boyfriend fly off the handle at the photographers.

      • TG says:

        Agreed. It is only a matter of time before this violent thug turns on his employer/partner in crime and the child.

  15. Karen says:

    Listen children know what’s going on. I’m sure her fear is a mix of photogs and ‘oh no mommys boyfriend is getting mad again.’ she’s seen what he did to her dad.

  16. Mar says:

    I think it’s ridiculous that paps are allowed in the airport. It really serves no purpose. The only people in airports should be the workers and the travelers

    • F5 says:

      She totally staged this, how on Earth did they all line up for her all of a sudden.. and she could have hired a bunch of bodyguards but then she wouldn’t look like a deranged victim..Poor kid.

  17. andrea says:

    Poor kid. It must be frightening to have strange adult men yelling your name and trying to get a reaction out of you. It’s one thing to have them a kilometer away with their telephoto lenses, it’s a totally different situation to have them up close and loud. I wonder what the pap said.

    • oh dear says:

      i agree. just watched the video on gossip cop and nahla seemed really scared. poor kid!
      and that douchey guy there.. jesus! if it werent for halle he wouldve punched the hell out of that pap.

  18. Annie says:

    I seriously judge mothers who put their sexual needs and “relationships” before their children. Exposing this little innocent girl to a violent ragey asshole who went as far as to beating her father up in front of her is something that is going to traumatize her for life. I always believed Aubry was provoked. They have no right to take his daughter so far away from him. Imagine seeing your dad’s face all bruised up courtesy of your mom’s boyfriend. Thanks mom!
    I will never understand mothers who introduce their children to awful men, then are too chicken shit to leave them, or “too in love” and don’t care what they’re putting their children through. Halle is pretty volatile too. Imagine those fights. No child should grow up in a home like that.

    And people need to stop arguing that they felt “threatned” by the paparazzi, like the Penns have done. Violent men only need the slightest provocation to go at it with anyone.

  19. anoneemouse says:

    Halle seems to be batting 1000 on the guys she picks.

  20. Jennifer12 says:

    Halle, seriously, you’ve always accused the guys you’ve been with of abuse or whatever. This time, you’re involved with a real psycho and there’s a little girl involved. Make peace with Gabriel and get rid of this monster. It’s not making you look like a martyr, even though you think it is.

  21. The Original Mia says:

    No excuse for getting violent with Nahla in his arms & then going back to inflict more damage. No excuse. They’ve been pap’d throughout this vacation and he picks LAX of all places to go rage monster. No excuse for this type of behavior.

  22. diva says:

    I’m sure the paps are annoying but I have no sympathy for celebs that want to be mad they are getting their pictures taken. It’s the life you chose…DEAL with it. My other issue is if Gabe had lashed out at the paps like Olivier did then she’d be running to court to keep him away from Nahla. Olivier has a bad temper

  23. GiGi says:

    “Allegedly” Halle was the one who started yelling at the paps & then Olivier became “involved”. Ugh.

    Because nothing says Mother-of-the-Year like screaming profanity at strangers and escalating an already tense situation in front of your young child.

    These people have enough money to fly into smaller/private airports – why not do it?

  24. paranormalgirl says:

    First of all, paps shouldn’t be allowed in the airport buildings at all. But they are (even though it sucks). I was coming home from a trip once and there was some celeb or another in the baggage claim along with a swarm of rude paps. Second, there are security measures you can take, especially if you’re high profile, to avoid most of the pap swarm. Halle chose not to do that. Third, great goddess Olivier Martinez is a violent sort, isn’t he?

  25. ilovejapanesefood says:

    She has to take some responsibility herself as a mother. If other celebrities can do it, why shouldn’t she do it as well? And sorry, but IMO, when children are involved there has to be some kind of limit as far as paparazzis go. A child is a child and lets be honest, its not like all adults and parents act in the child’s interest all the time. And many paps have no common sense at all, they are vile and aggressive. And I am not saying this in OMs defense, not by far. His actions speak for themselves. But again, if a child is involved and ther parent(s) are not willing to do something to protect them, somebody else should. But the parent has the primary responsibility. And thats a full time job

  26. Lachica says:

    Halle has sucked all of the hot and none of the rage out of this man. I want Gabe to get full custody. Halle is out of control with her manipulations to get herself to France. As far as I am concerned, she can go with the rage-aholic and leave the child behind.

  27. serena says:

    Another win for Gabriel, this sure prove his point and I’m sure Oliver was the one who did all the beating on Thanksgiving.

    • moon says:

      Agreed. Feel bad for Gabriel, he comes across as a good father to Nahla, and I don’t think it’s right of Halle to keep their daughter away from her dad. Must hurt to see photos of your kid in another guy’s arms.

  28. Anon says:

    It’s so cute how they have his and hers hair cuts.

  29. drdoolittling says:

    Scum and trash, both of them. I hope halle gets her comeuppance. Didn’t she kill someone with her car, drive off, and CALL HER PLASTIC SURGEON?!?!?!?!? If that doesn’t scream narcissistic sociopath, I don’t know what does.
    Shes evil and relentless and has been that way for DECADES.

    And Gabriel is so gorgeous!!! Poor man.

  30. Jane says:

    I feel sorry for the girl. She is going to grow up knowing nothing more than seeing adults beat each other and people up. She’ll need serious psychological help in a few years.

  31. Sarcasmo says:

    I think Olivier has violent tendencies (putting it politely) but you DON’T MESS WITH A CHILD.

    (SO would kick anyone’s ass who dared, and I LOVE him for that!)

    That being said, I feel for Nahla. She’s likely going to have some serious issues in her future, and I pray for her.

    • Hakura says:

      I agree that you don’t mess with children. But… Being violent in front of children teaches them that violence is the right way to solve your problems, that there aren’t better ways to go about dealing with a situation.

      I equate OM’s reaction to pure rage, as opposed to ‘defending his family’, due to his going back in to hurt the guy some more, even after Nahla was safe inside the vehicle.

  32. Eileen says:

    How is it that every other celeb family that goes in and out of LAX can get through without any violent behavior?
    This sh!t reminds me of those infomercials where they are making some common day action difficult to prove their point and make you buy what their sellin’. I ain’t buying it!

  33. evyn says:

    They have been papped every day on vacation–happy family pix. Now, with a bigger audience, they have a problem having their photos taken.

  34. Isa says:

    So Nahla is scared of the paps and Gabe’s reaction is to start violence? Yes, that helps so much.
    Poor Nahla. This whole thing infuriates me. She could have hired security, went to another airport (eta- someone upthread said there wasnt a nonstop flight so this may not work in this case.) or do what other celebrities do, walk fast and ignore them.

    • Luxe says:

      Martinez, not Gabriel. But you’re right. I shudder to think about how this little girl must feel after being exposed to at least two of his violent outbursts. Or how Halle explained it to her. I’m willing to bet that he and Halle have a fair share of arguments.

      I hate to say this, but all Gabe has to do is sit back and just be there for Nahla. This incident helps him especially if the guy presses charges. Halle and Olivier are going to self_destruct.

      Edited bc of bleeping autocorrect!

      • Hakura says:

        I wouldn’t be surprised if Nahla was *afraid* of OM after seeing these violent situations. I would be, definitely at her age. She deserves so much better than this. Halle’s only concerned about herself.

    • CandyKay says:

      I don’t think Gabe was anywhere near this situation. It was Olivier, Halle’s current boyfriend, who attacked the photographer.

      • Isa says:

        Sorry! That’s what I meant. I got their names confused while typing my comment hiding behind a rack of Levi’s.

  35. Green is Good says:

    Dear Halle,

    Keep your ridiculous melodrama confined to the silver screen.


    People who can see through your bullshizz

  36. Amanda s says:

    Halle berry is a f*cking c*unt. Enough said.

  37. Agnes says:

    I wish the term “baby daddy” would die already.

    • lisa2 says:

      It is demeaning. Just like baby mama. It reduces a man or woman to a term as if because you are not married to the mother/father of your child,you are somehow undeserving or less deserving of being called a mother or father.

      I know plenty of men/women that were married to the mother/father of their children and are more deserving of that title.

  38. EscapedConvent says:

    When I see Nahla’s face, I can only feel sorry that she is growing up with such unstable, screwed-up adults around her. Martinez has a vicious temper & Hell-y Berry has a mouth on her too. The example for behavior that Nahla sees with these two cretins is that arguements & anger are the norm.

    Her dad, Gabriel, might be the only calm, low-key person she spends much time with. This matters a great deal to a child, & the effects of the turmoil around her will be seen as she gets older. Poor kid.

  39. Jm says:

    OK guys, please watch the video on Dlisted. In fairness, OLIVIER DID NOTHING. When you see the paparazzi swarm live, it’s horrible. How is that allowed?

    Olivier was carrying Nahla through the doorway, the pap clearly was trying to block him and initiate contact, Olivier just sort of walked through him to get to the car. The pap then grabbed his arm, Olivier simply gave him a dirty look and got into the car.

    I normally am quick to criticize HB and Olivier, but THEY DID NOTHING! Halle kept asking them to stop the flashes b/c she had her child with her. Watch the video . . .she was not out of line here.

    The headlines make this sound like it was a kickboxing match. Nothing of the kind.

    • StaCat1 says:

      TOTALLY agree. I think some are commenting without viewing the video. How this is legal, I don’t understand.

    • Mika says:

      Totally agree with your post. The disgusting pap grabbed Oliver while he was holding Nahla and all Oliver did was shake him off! Can’t fault Halle here!

  40. lambchops says:

    A lot of men would have done the same thing with tons of strangers photographing and calling a child’s name, can’t fault him on this one.

  41. The Original G says:

    I don’t think celebrity kids should be papped. But, I will say that if not for the reaction and altercation, this realy would have been a nothing photo and story.

  42. i'm french don't kill me says:

    see the video on TMZ: http://www.tmz.com/2013/04/02/halle-berry-restrains-olivier-during-explosive-altercation-with-paps/?adid=hero1
    the paps are aggressive and it’s them who start!

    it’s the same story than Affleck’s

  43. i'm french don't kill me says:

    you see what happened and it’s the paps who are aggressive

  44. StaCat1 says:

    Looking at the video- I have to say this headline is misleading. it is just sensational and untrue.

    He did NOT assault a pap. He wanted to–YES-and as a parent watching that–I totally get that feeling. If someone was terrifying my kid and swarming around me as a I held them..I totally would want to pop them in the face. This man does have a temper. But in this case, it is understandable.

    Paps are ALWAYS at LAX and people call them (not always Halle or her people mind you- TSA ppl, grounds crew, airline employees etc) to say when they are coming in. it’s the way it happens every day.

    Not a fan of Halle’s but in this case, I think she and Olivier were totally right to push back. The PAPS were way way out of bounds.

    • Jane says:

      If HB hadn’t stopped him, he would have gone off on the pap and started a fight. But, HB is to blame for this mess. If she is so upset about the papps taking photos, why didn’t she do what was necessary to keep that from happening or try to minimize the effect on Nahla? She took no preemptive steps to keep the papps away from her little one. Nothing.

      She could have arranged a connecting flight to an airport that is not a hangout for the papps, she could have at least made sure she had security to keep the papps at a distance. She did none of those things so I don’t agree she had a right to push back.

      She knew exactly what she was going to walk into and she did nothing to protect her daughter except start screaming at the last minute and then have to practically shove her boyfriend into the car to keep her from losing it.

      Here is Nahla hiding from the flashs and then hearing her mother screaming and boyfriend not able to control his temper and wanting to start a fight. That is just what that baby needs.

      And they wanted Gabriel to go for anger management. Maybe somebody should start looking at who really has the uncontrollable temper in this fiasco.

      • StaCat1 says:

        As I said I am not a fan of HB or her BF either. Security was present (if you view the video) but with the aggressiveness of this group of paps- they needed military to get out the door cleanly.

        As a parent, you’d have to pull me off those guys if they did that to my daughters! It’s inexcusable to me as a mother that anyone would grab, taunt, yell and shove someone holding a child. Taking pics is one thing for celebs-but a respectful distance needs to be maintained. This mob was swarming them, blocking their way, yelling at them.

        I do believe HB needs to shelter her daughter more- but I think blaming her for this situation is unfair. I understand ppl disagree.
        To avoid having your child mauled you have to go rearrange your life completely strikes me as sad and wrong. Many european actors lament the US tactics with paps. It is the same societal mindset that is akin to blaming rape victims for rape if they dress a certain way or robbery victims for not locking their doors.

        It just feels as a country we have lost all civilty and common sense.

        Shouldn’t we be blaming the aggressors?
        just my two cents?

  45. Ali says:

    Saw the video and everyone involved acted nuts. Poor nahla better sleep with one eye open.

  46. Memphis says:

    There are many ways to avoid this at the airport, the reason many celebs don’t is simple.. they want to be photographed.

    Hell even back in the day when my dad worked at much smaller Airports there were optional routes to avoid having to go through the airport for celebs, he lead many out w/o anyone knowing they were even there…so I know they have better options now.

    Gabriel should really keep an eye on Nahla. I don’t think Halle or Martinez is above doing whatever they deem necessary to get their desired outcome.

    • TG says:

      And considering this witch had no problem ordering a police escort to take her and her daughter to a disney show on ice you would think this would be much simpler to have a police/security esocrt our of the airport.

  47. MAC says:

    Steven Tyler this year testified in HI to support Anti-Paparazzi law. It is an interesting debate.

    What I find interesting is many famous celebrities live in the same area as HB and you never see their kids being photographed.

    I think some celebrities use it to their benefit. So I don’t think it always the PAPS fault.

    • Jm says:

      You may be right . . . but in this case, it WAS all the paparazzi. The video shows how how very eager the paps are to get the celebs to bump them, so they can scream “assault” and file a lawsuit.

  48. Ari says:

    I will be the unpopular one here and say that although they are both batsh$t nuts I saw this video on dlisted and I would have lost my mind also its really insane the swarm they walked through- that poor kid. She probably set it all up but I really dont see her actually WANTING to do that to her poor kid…does she? (SOB)

  49. skuddles says:

    Funny they don’t seem to care if paps take a zillion pics of Nahla running around in a bathing suit, but airport snaps send them over the edge? Clearly Martinez has a short fuse – the fact he went back and took a second poke at the pap proves it. Poor Nahla stuck with crazy Mommy and crazy Mommy boyfriend. At least her Dad seems to be sane.

    • Anon says:

      I watched the tmz video. I did not see a physical altercation, only raised voices w/ a swarm of paparazzi around hallie…. Those paps flash photography look like it would be blinding. I feel bad for that child.

      • Mich says:

        I didn’t see a physical altercation either. To me it looked more like the pap deliberately got in Olivier’s way. With all the flashes going off, there is no way Olivier could see anything let alone deliberately kick someone.

  50. dcypher1 says:

    Getting paped is part of the job if u dont like it dont be a celebrity. He has anger management issues he should definitly do something about it. If I were halle I would make him go to therapy. He cant just go a beat everyone up. The paps are just doing their job they dont really care about them.

  51. Loulou says:

    I don’t recall Gabriel ever getting violent with paps.

    • i'm french don't kill me says:

      the paps never were glued to him when he has his daughter in his arm!

  52. MissMoody says:

    The man needs new jeans

  53. d says:

    The paps are terrible, there’s no doubt about it. They’re all about swarming to provoke a reaction to generate a photo that will make them money. They don’t care about anything other than getting that shot…horrible people. Say what you want about Halle, but the way the paps swarm them is beyond unacceptable. They deliberately provoke people. Sure, Halle could have hidden the kid, but it doesn’t negate that the paps’ behaviour is wrong. And do flights from Hawaii ever land at those other airports or do they always go to LAX anyway.
    No one would have needed to call the paps … it wouldn’t have taken much for a pap in Hawaii to figure what flight they’re on and have another working for the same agency to be there for their arrival.
    All that said, if I were Halle, I would have figured out another way out and/or would have gotten security or something. She’s a marked target…it’s like she’s known for going off, so they’ll keep prodding her and Olivier now until they get something…and they don’t give a s*** about the kid.

  54. KellyinSeattle says:

    Wow…he’s such an idiot…Halle doesn’t get that you are only as good as the company you keep…she needs to do what’s best for Nahla, so I don’t think she’s a very good mom. Olivier is well on his way to be the next Alec Baldwin.

  55. Beachi206 says:

    Olivier overreacted but as a French man he has no tolerance for paparazzi harassing children since it is against the law in France to take pictures of children without parents’ consent…one reason for the Jolie-Pitts to have a house there

  56. Mich says:

    Wow. I was feeling all judgmental until I watched the video. How awful. I always imagine that paps keep a bit of distance (like when Cracken does her perp walk into court, etc.) but these guys were so close and aggressive and the flashes were blinding. I would have a hard time staying calm in the same situation. In fact, scratch that. I would explode.

    I totally understand why Halle got so mad. She made it very clear that she was concerned about her child. As a parent, I understand exactly how she felt.

    And I don’t think the LAX scene was anything like the school shots or even the vacay shots. On those, you might have one pap who got lucky. This was closer to an attack by a swarm of wasps.

    Never thought I would stand up for Olivier or Halle but in this case I don’t think they did anything wrong.

    Poor Nahla.

    • Jane says:

      The paps were at fault totally in this case–the video is proof. It was ridiculous and since he already has a rep, it was easy to blame him. Being photographed is one thing, but what happened here was beyond the pale.

      When Affleck went off and tried to trip the pap, most folks defended him, but this guy gets ripped. It was ugly and it was not Berry’s or Olivier’s fault this time.

      • F5 says:

        Well, hello there, Halle 😀

      • Mich says:


        I hope you are joking – otherwise your comment is obnoxious. No rational adult who actually watched the video would say anything different than what Jane just said.

        I can’t stand Halle/Olivier but, in this case, they did nothing wrong. The paps (one in particular) were TOTALLY to blame.

      • Nev says:


        Say it again.

      • Hakura says:

        I just don’t understand how the articles written about the incident are all so freaking wrong. I mean, it’s like someone sat there & made up the whole thing.

  57. Thinker says:

    Naha is sunburned in these photos, that really ticks me off. Especially because Halle isn’t burned. She put sunscreen on herself but not her daughter. All little kids should wear sunblock! I cant help but wonder though about Halle’s own issues with race and Gabriel, maybe she likes when Nahla is tanned because then she looks more like herself and less like her father. Plus it would piss most co-parents off if one of them let the kid get burned on vacation… And I would bet that tensions were high anyway w Halle because after a long holiday with Nahla, it’s probably Dad’s turn. Hence Halle and Olivier were all tensed up and ready to pick a fight with the first target they saw. Paparazzi shielded Gabriel (this time).

  58. Melanie says:

    I have to comment on this. I see how people think Martinez might have an anger issue, but really, did you actually see the footage for this? It is ridiculous! All this just because they are leaving the airport. Sorry but even celebrities don’t deserve this kind of intrusiveness, especially with a child.

  59. Shy says:

    As much as I hate them both but I can’t blame Olivier and Halle for this. I watched video. It was crazy. They just walking to their car. And paparazzi went crazy, with those flashes, screams…

    I don’t understand why celebrities won’t file complains. They violently harassing them. It’s one thing when they take picture from other side of the street. In another when they scream and blind celebrity with flashes. How traumatic it is for kids when random people suddenly yell at you.

    On the other hand Halle just needs to move to another town if she cares about her kid.

    • lena80 says:

      Not only that but you see a pap grab OM when he’s trying to put Nahla in the car. The paps crossed that fine line first and they literally shoved cameras in their faces. At least SOME paps keep a respectable distance when taking pics of kids.

  60. lena80 says:

    You guys should at the very least provide the video of the incident floating around the web. The PAP GRABBED OM while he had Nahla in his arms putting her in the car and he defended himself and Nahla and HB intervened. What Father or Step Dad to be wouldn’t defend a little girl? I think Gabe would give 100% approval for OM to defend Nahla if he’s not present. The paps were at fault this time. At the very least, they should keep their distance and their hands to themselves.

  61. Milou says:

    L’île Ben Affleck with Seraphina…

  62. TOPgirl says:

    Halle always seem to date guys who have issues. Even this guy, he seems controlling. She needs to be single and enjoy being a single mom for a while.

  63. Hakura says:

    I finally watched the video. The articles about what happened are fairy tales (In which Halle is the ice queen spouting profanity, & OM is her personal guard, an ogre who attacks anything that moves).

    It was presented as a near fist fight. Blinded by flashbulbs, They were just trying to walk fast & get out. OM didn’t touch anyone, just shook a pap’s hand off him when he was yanked with Nahla in his arms.

    F*cking ridiculous. & we were all set for a hanging.

  64. A says:

    Is there a private exit at LAX?

    And I saw the video at TMZ. Halle had security but the papps of course outnumbered them and were extremely aggressive. I don’t blame Halle or Olivier in this situation at all. One pap guy grabbed Olivier and Olivier pushed his hands off of him. He didn’t hit him or anything like that. it was over in one second and Halle told him “No” as if to say don’t bother with him and they went in the car.
    I know most are not fans of the two, but in this case, you don’t have to be a fan to see who were in the wrong.

    • StaCat1 says:

      if you are flying commercial-there is NOT a private exit of LAX terminal.

      The only flight into LAX that can avoid terminal madness is Air Force One.

  65. CityGirl says:

    TMZ has the film footage – I don’t like either of these 2 people but the pap’s were all kinds of wrong for their behavior and I couldn’t really see him kicking anybody. He was carrying Nahla up to and into the vehicle. He was provoked for sure, but she pushed him into the vehicle to prevent him from fighting.

  66. ParisPucker says:

    man, what happened to him? looks like he’s been dragged under a truck for a few years…remember when he used to look like this?:



    now he just looks haggard…

  67. Kat says:

    I’m super late and this thread must be super over but i’ve been reading many comments (i can’t help it, i love everything you write in halle’s stories)and I looked for the video, at first I thought he didn’t kick the pap, but then i saw a video in aol, this http://load.on.aol.com/video/olivier-martinez-gets-into-fight-with-photographer-517731532?icid=video_related_thumb_0 , from another camara i guess, and it actually looks like Olivier does kick the guy… don’t know, maybe it is just more paparazzi bs or he didn’t want to kick the guy or whatever…
    Anyway, still don’t like this guy.

  68. Maritza says:

    I’m actually surprised Hallie and Olivier have lasted this long.