Halle Berry convinced a judge to lower her hefty $16,000 a month child support after she argued that the payments were “extortion.”
The Oscar-winning actress has been paying $16,000 a month to her ex Gabriel Aubry for their daughter Nahla Aubry since 2014.
A sympathetic judge lowered Halle’s payments from $16,000 to a more reasonable $8,000 a month for the 14-year-old high school student.
Halle, 55, is pictured with Nahla, who is nearly as tall as her dad.
According to E! News, the original $16,000 monthly payment was based on her substantial 2012 income.
Court documents, obtained by E! News, showed the actress’s income was $4.7 million during the first nine months of 2012.
Aubry’s income was peanuts compared to her millions. The 44-year-old underwear model earned just $192,921 in nine months in 2012.
Halle made the payments on time until 2021 when she appealed to a judge to lower her payments.
She took her argument to Instagram, writing “Women don’t owe you sh*t.”
In replies to her followers, she wrote, “I’ve been paying it for a decade now. I feel if a woman or man is having to pay support that is way more than the reasonable needs to help SUPPORT the child, I think that is wrong!”
She continued: “I understand some parents (man or woman) may need help, but I also feel in these modern times both men and women have the responsibility to financially take care of their children and work hard and make every effort to do so.”
“The way many laws are set up, people are allowed to USE children in order to be awarded money to live a lifestyle that not only did they not earn, but that is way above and beyond the child’s reasonable needs, and that is ‘THE WRONG’ and where I see the abuse,” she said.
Halle is set to star in the film “Our Man From Jersey” with actor Mark Wahlberg.
In addition to the $8,000 monthly payments to Aubry, Halle will pay her private school tuition and health insurance until Nahla is 18.