Olivier Martinez is being investigated for battery on an LAX employee


Halle Berry, Olivier Martinez, baby Maceo and Nahla Aubrey were at LAX last night. I don’t know if they were flying out or flying in (Gossip Cop says they were flying out) and they were immediately swarmed by photographers. That happens a lot at LAX and it sucks. If you’ve ever seen videos of celebrities being harassed at LAX, it’s really uncomfortable and creepy. As you can see from these photos, Halle was carrying the baby in one arm and holding Nahla’s hand. Olivier walked ahead of them while carrying Maceo’s baby carrier. Olivier seemed to be using the baby carrier as some kind of blocker or portable barricade, and when one guy seemingly got too close to Olivier, Olivier used the carrier to push the guy back. Well, bad news. The guy wasn’t a photographer, he was an LAX employee. And now Olivier is being investigated for battery.

Olivier Martinez is now a battery suspect after being involved in a fight at LAX on Sunday. The actor, his wife Halle Berry, son Maceo, and her daughter Nahla were in the airport, heading out of Los Angeles, when the scuffle broke out, airport police confirm to Gossip Cop.

Here’s what we know right now: At 1:45 p.m., Martinez, Berry, Maceo and Nahla were making their way through the airport when swarmed by paparazzi. According to the police, the family “required assistance from Los Angeles Airport Police after a crowd of photographers and a contract airport employee came too close to the family to take photos.” Martinez, holding an empty child’s car seat, then “shoved it against the contract airport employee causing him to fall backwards,” say the police, adding, “The employee received treatment on scene and was transported to a local hospital for further medical care.”

The person knocked to the ground later filed a battery report against Martinez, who continued on with his family’s travel. It’s believed the airport employee who got hit was allegedly taking photos of the celebrity couple as well, but that remains unconfirmed right now.

Berry and Martinez have had their problems in the past with the paparazzi. Berry famously cursed out photographers who harassed her and her daughter at the child’s school in 2012. And last year, the Oscar winning-actress went ballistic on paparazzi who swarmed the family as they were making their way out of LAX. As the family got into a waiting car, Berry had to hold back Martinez, who whirled around and wanted to go after the aggressive shutterbugs.

Photographers have been such a problem for Martinez and Berry that she wanted to move to France, where they have stricter anti-paparazzi laws. She’s even testified before California legislators, urging for laws to be enacted that would make it illegal for paparazzi to take pictures of children without the permission of a parent or guardian.

[From Gossip Cop]

If this was just a one-off thing, I might be more willing to give Olivier a pass. As I said, I feel for the celebrities who get swarmed by paparazzi at LAX, especially when the celebrities are with their kids. But this is not a one-time thing for Olivier. He violently assaulted Gabriel Aubry over a custodial issue in 2012. Olivier also assaulted a paparazzo at LAX back in April 2013. It just seems like it’s less about “Halle and Olivier want privacy” and more like “Olivier has a very short fuse and he solves his problems with violence.”



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  1. Lama Bean says:

    Those kids are cute (Maceo looks sleepy) but Olivier is starting to give me 70s vibes and me no likey.

    • Stoner says:

      Those date rapist BluBlockers aren’t helping at all.

    • Erinn says:

      Lol… is it bad that I think he looks better here than he has in a while? I think he’s a crap human being, but I usually just see the guy from 3rd Rock from the Sun when I look at him.

    • someonestolemyname says:

      Oliver is a jerk. He totally pushed that Airport employee for no reason with the stroller.
      Halle and he are made for each other, two jerky angry people. Way to go more Lawyer’s and Lawsuits and poor Nahla seeing violence or anger directed at someone from Martinez.
      Halle is a jerk too.

      Poor Nahla.

  2. Renee says:


    I don’t know why but Maceo’s face and hair in the one pic made me laugh. I think that he looks like the 70s person and not his pops!! In the pic below he looks like a regular cute toddler.

  3. lolalulu says:

    I can’t help but feel so bad for the kids in these situations. Even without the confrontation btw Oliver and whomever, it has to be incredibly overwhelming to be swarmed by paparazzi, employees, and fans alike. Even more so because its in a confined space (rather than being on the street). I certainly understand that depending on your destination, you can be restricted in which airport you use, but I would personally go as far out of my way as possible to utilize a more low key airport.

    • AG-UK says:

      If it were me there are several airports in LA although LAX is direct and Intl but to avoid that craziness I’d connect and go into John Wayne or who knows. That poor man was just probably trying to get out of the way. You would think they have some restrictions on people just hanging around, you can’t just park and wait anymore so thought you couldn’t just hang out unless you are travelling but guess not.

      • anne_000 says:

        You’re right. There’s loads of other airports in and around LAX, including Santa Monica, Van Nuys, Burbank, Long Beach, etc. Yet they keep going to LAX where he’s assaulted somebody before?

        I’ve heard of other celebrities using these smaller airports. How come they don’t?

        I think Halle must have been BS’ing when she says she’s sick of paparazzi at the same time using an airport chock full of them.

      • Tiffany :) says:

        Van Nuys is used for charter flights. Since they have experienced this kind of harassment at LAX before, I am surprised they don’t try that option.

      • TeaAndSympathy says:

        Maybe LAX needs a private area for high rollers and celebrities? Our Melbourne (international) airport is about to overhaul an area to build a private lounge and pick-up zone for such people. They’ll be able to enter and exit the airport in privacy, without being accosted by paparazzi, reporters and, I guess, fans. Also, there should be some protocols in place that protect children from all this. I know that, here in Australia, paps and reporters are much more respectful of celebs’ private space, and more particularly if they are with children. Nicole Kidman had a horrible experience with a pap several years ago, and the paps really sorted themselves out.

        Mind you, I can’t stand either Berry or Martinez, but the kids should be off limits.

  4. Tifygodess24 says:

    Seems to me he has huge rage issues but because he’s a celebrity nothing will happen of course- they are all essentially Modern gods in our society at this point right?. Sigh. 😞 Considering the government has their hands in everyone’s business private or not why can’t they pass a law that keeps the Paps from the airport? Seems like that would solve a lot of issues. Im sure people like the kardashians (who call them every second) would hate it but I’m sure certain celebs and non-celebs especially would appreciate it.
    “Nice” to see Halle found someone to compete with her crazy. 😳

    • FLORC says:

      Just wait until the divorce and custody dispute. It’s sadly expected. All of this will come up. Those poor kids are the only innocents here.

    • someonestolemyname says:

      I watched the video, Martinez is a jerk. He clearly g has anger issues.
      What the h3ll is wrong with Hallie? She accepts this sort of thing in front of her children.
      I have no respect for either of them, Martinez or Hallie. She knew his anger issues and married him, but maybe she also has similar anger issues. Halle should be embarrassed but these two seem to love fighting people and calling lawyers.

  5. Nerdmomma says:

    I feel so sad for Nahla

    • Evyn says:

      Thank you. Halle thinks Gabriel, America, and the paps are bad for Nahla, but she doesn’t mind this thug always getting violent around her.

      • someonestolemyname says:

        Yup Totally lost respect for Halle after seeing that video. She married this violent jerk.

  6. Hautie says:

    Ugh. I hate to defend either of them. But…

    Does LAX not have set up for famous folks to check in, with security, as they enter the building? So they can be walked through, without it being a circus?

    Since LAX is ground zero for the hateful loud paparazzi. Whose sole goal is looking to get some kind of altercation going on… to make more money off the pictures. Does LAX just let this all go on without making attempt to keep the crazy in check?

    I would hope that since it huge airport… with thousands of folks in it hourly… that the airports goal would be keep the crazy behavior to a bare minimal. Yet, here is Halle with her family… with aggressive paparazzi in their personal space. Shoving camera’s in their faces. As they attempt to check in for a flight.

    • Maria says:

      I know how you feel.

      If all did was use the carrier to push the guy back, who got too close to his family, then I get it. Now, if he pummeled the guy’s face in that would be completely different.

      There are literally dozens of photographers there, saying the most vulgar things, literally trying to get that ONE money shot–i can’t even imagine how Nahla–who’s old enough to understand most of it would feel much less a toddler who’s never seen these strange people yelling, aggressively at his family 😞

      We need stricter laws regarding paparazzi, especially when children come into play.

      Clearly, Olivier has rage issues, this just seems to me to be more about protecting his family.

    • The Original Mia says:

      He struck an employee. Not a paparazzo. This guy was trying to direct them out of the airport and didn’t deserve to be pushed into a wheelchair. He needs to control himself and if he can’t, fly into a less pap friendly airport.

      • Sabrine says:

        Actually, this employee is an amateur paparazzo. He’s trying to line his pockets by claiming he was injured. It looks like a very mild push to get the creep out of the way but he’ll try and milk it for all it’s worth.

      • The Original Mia says:

        He was pushed aside and fell against a wheelchair and onto the ground. If Olivier didn’t want to have someone claim injuries against him, perhaps he shouldn’t have shoved him. And if he was taking pics, then he should be fired, but that still doesn’t give Olivier or anyone the right to put hands/baby seat on him. Just opens him up to assault charges.

      • Tbrumsk says:

        He is a ‘contract employee’ and was trying to take pictures.

    • Djinn says:

      I fly regularly and have travelled in every continent and LAX is by FAR the worst international airport in a first world country. I go to the U.S. every few years and every time I’m astounded at its terrible layout, processes, staff and everything else. It doesn’t surprise me at all that it’s also terrible for paps.

      • UltraViolet says:

        @DJINN, I was just in LAX last week, in the Tom Bradley International terminal – flew in and then out again a few days later. The terminal is new and lovely (completed in 2013) and the immigration procedures were seamless – done mostly by kiosk. Great shopping, too – Kitson, Fred Segal – and some decent restaurants (I had some nice sushi). Would like to know what airport you’re flying into, because it’s not LAX International.

        That said, I suggest avoiding flying Southwest into LAX domestic – the wait for baggage is a minimum 45 minutes. It can be longer than the flight itself!

    • Maria says:

      im assume it attracts tourists who may leave some money there, so there is no real incentive for LAX to get a secluded area.

    • someonestolemyname says:

      There is no excuse for what Martinez did. He pushed the employee on the ground using the carrier. He’s a jerk and so is Halle.
      How people can excuse his behavior is bewildering.
      How many people does he have to push or punch until people admit Martinez and also Halle are the problem.
      Can’t stand either one of them.
      Poor Nahla.

  7. Mia4S says:

    Sorry, no pass from me. Literally dozens of celebs more famous than these two make it through the LAX paparazzi scum every week without drama (and with children in tow). Something is incredibly off about this couple. Not to mention he previously severely battered the father of his wife’s child. No benefit of the doubt from me.

  8. MrsBPitt says:

    I don’t understand why Halle and Olivier just dont hire some bodyguards to get them into and out of LAX. I’m sure they have the money…The Paps know that they can easily incite OM into some sort of rage, so I am sure that they are doubly worse, trying to get a reaction out of him. Knowing a picture or video of OM will sell for more money. Hire bodyguards, so that the children don’t have to witness this mess…

    • paula says:

      I saw some footage on another site and they have quite the entourage guiding them through the airport. Some uniformed airport employees, others appear to be their own minions. I guess it makes for a better story to make it seem like they are by themselves??

  9. B says:

    Olivier looks creepy. They both *seemingly* have anger/drama management issues & Nahla seems much more calm & peaceful w/her model Dad guy, no matter where they are…just kind of observing…

  10. He certainly ended up with the face he deserved…I can’t believe he was so hot…..

  11. scout says:

    This guy is weird, always ready to punch somebody. Ms.Berry do know how to pick them!! Feel sorry for the kids.

    • someonestolemyname says:

      Halle’s just like him, but she just uses lawyers and the media to do her punching.
      Both are jerks. IMO

  12. DavidBowie says:

    Does this guy work?

    • Tbrumsk says:

      Yes, but Gabriel doesn’t

    • Jessica says:

      He’s had a total of 8 jobs since his last ‘big’ role in Taking Lives 10 years ago, none of them at all notable. I’m somewhat amazed people still know who he is, he broke out with Unfaithful and then his career went straight downhill at lightning speed.

  13. Anon33 says:

    Oh please. Hasn’t it been discussed several times that LAX isn’t the only option and that if in fact a celeb is at LAX, they probably wanted to be?
    Also people keep talking about the paps but the issue is he didn’t push a pap. He pushed an employee. Whether he thought it was a pap or not seems irrelevant, as it should have been fairly obvious that an employee of the airport would not have been carrying a camera. Dude has rage issues.

  14. happymama says:

    He’s not used to putting up with that shiz in France and Olivier no likey.

    • funcakes says:

      The divorce is going to be epic when it eventually happens. Oliver is not going to put up with the same craps Gabriel did.

      • happymama says:

        They’re a cute couple and they made a beautiful family. Hope they are happy. Loved Olivier on Revenge.

  15. MP says:

    I can’t understand why celebrities always seem to carry their phones in their hands. They have expensive bags but for some reason are not good enough to hold their phones. Especially in a situation like this when you are carrying a bag, a baby and holding your childs hand why can’t the phone go into your pocket or your bag to free that hand for better use?

  16. The Original Mia says:

    So strange. When they left for France for Christmas, Nahla wasn’t with them. Now, on their arrival back, she is and OM goes rage monster on a poor employee. Dumb. Should have flown into a smaller airport, then they wouldn’t have had to go through the pap scrum.

  17. QQ says:

    That Baby Is Delicious… that’s all i’ve got

  18. funcakes says:

    Those are the faces of two people who were fighting. Halle comes off as a nagging witch and Oliver has just about had it.
    She is always trying to come off as the better parent in the press, why not hire bodyguards. If this happened to Gabriel, Halle would have dragged him to court.

  19. Suzy from Ontario says:

    He’s always given me a bad vibe for some reason. He just looks like he’s ready to punch someone all the time. Maybe that’s unfair, but that’s how he comes across. Let’s just say that if Halle turned up with bruises and a black eye at the hospital, I would not be surprised.

  20. paula says:

    I agree with those who think paps should not be allowed to have free reign to swarm and harass people in the airport. It’s not just the celeb they are bothering, it’s regular passengers too who are being inconvenienced and whose safety is also at risk. Unlike the celebs who can use their fame to get airport staff to help them and have their own staff too, most travellers have to fend for themselves.

    How do the paps know when it’s a good time to wait for a certain flight?? It’s not like the arrivals tv’s list the passengers’ names ffs… If airport staff are being bribed to disclose this info, then let’s have an investigation and consequences.

  21. Ironically enough, I’m watching “Taking Lives” right now (netflix, you rule! love this movie)…and Olivier was so fine. God, what happened? He just looks so worn out…..

    • LAK says:

      VC: mylove (RHOBH reference Ha!) you need to discover Romain Durius ( i’d recommend HEARBREAKER with Vanessa Paradis) and Gaspard Ulliel (he’s the model for Chanel Blue, but you need to see THE PRINCESS OF MONTSEPIER to really appreciate him)

  22. amp122076 says:

    Halle’s got some relationship picker issues doesn’t she? What is it with her attraction to rage filled, violence prone men?

  23. Ginger says:

    This couples’ reputation precedes them and the paparazzi act accordingly. They want the violent Olivier and thus are going to act like a-holes to get the shot worth the most money. I don’t agree with their behavior at all but that’s how they operate. IF the employee was taking photos of them as well when Olivier pushed him then he should be fired. Shouldn’t LAX have some sort of employee policy prohibiting them from bothering celebs? I had a clause like that once in one of my earlier jobs when I worked in an establishment that celebs frequented. However, if the employee was trying to help them and was caught up in the melee and then pushed to the floor and hurt, the battery filing is more than justified. Even if other celeb couples and families manage to get through LAX without incident, I still think they should have some kind of extra security regarding the paparazzi for everyone’s safety.

  24. db says:

    As loathsome as paps are, it seems to me Halle and Olivier just don’t use good sense. Surprise! There are other, smaller, less pap ridden airports in southern California they could use. And why are they flying commercial? Why is he schlepping the baby carrier? There’s no reason for any of that to have happened at all. They are so “off,” to me. I feel like they both court confrontations.

  25. Loulou says:

    HB is setting her husband up for a quick divorce in her favour by documenting his temper in the press with the help of her paparazzi friends. OM is a thug from Marseille. He has no other repertoire than threaten and hit out. I feel bad for Gabriel.

  26. Jaded says:

    He gets a rare pass from me. Nobody should try to get close to celebrities when they have young children with them. His arms were full and he was just trying to make it clear that this guy was wayyy too far into their personal space.

  27. roxy750 says:

    Sorry, don’t like these two but I don’t blame him. An airport should be for airport business only if you know what i mean. If you dont have a boarding pass or don’t have some sort of ticket you have no business being there. Would make things a lot easier, safer and more sane.

  28. serena says:

    I’m just sorry for the children who witness such acts of violence every now and then from Oliver. And that employer, wasn’t he supposed to help out instead of acting like a paparazzo? Wtf, it’s crazy.

  29. Katarina says:

    Ok. I don’t blame Oliver. He was protecting his family. Who cares if the dude wasn’t a pap? He was harassing them and taking pictures. It must suck to be swarmed and harassed when you are just heading out of town.

    • someonestolemyname says:

      I Watched the video and Martinez walked over to the employee and shoved him, the guy was totally caught off guard.

  30. Debra says:

    I thought back when Halle lost in court to Gabriel, about moving to France, that she wasn’t finished with it. I bet she was on her phone to her lawyer before getting out of the airport, telling him to file again so she could move and use this as proof that it’s too dangerous for her kids to live here with all the paps around.. it would serve her right if her thug husband got deported back to where he came from.

  31. Aud says:

    I have no problem believing this dude has a bad temper on a short fuse.

    But if you get “pushed” by a car seat and have to fall dramatically to the ground and be TAKEN TO THE HOSPITAL, you’re a p***y. Man up dude!