Halle Berry drops out of Broadway show over custody problems

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Halle Berry poses in the press room at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards on March 4, 2011, in Los Angeles.
Halle Berry poses in the press room at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards on March 4, 2011, in Los Angeles.
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(CBS) Halle Berry's ongoing child custody battle has forced her to drop out of yet another performance, this time the Broadway production of "Mountaintop."

The Academy Award-winner will no longer perform alongside Samuel L. Jackson, who plans on staying in the play.

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In a statement to the New York Times, producers of the show said, "Ms. Berry would not be appearing in the role due to child-custody issues."

Katori Hall's play, which recounts the night before Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, is set to begin performances on Sept. 22, before officially opening Oct. 13. 

Jackson will play Dr. King in his Broadway debut. Berry was supposed to take on the role of Camae, a maid at the Lorraine Motel in Memphis, Tenn. 

Berry and ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry have a 3-year-old daughter, Nahla. In December, Aubry filed court papers seeking to be recognized as Nahla's father and to establish that he'll share custody. The pair split last April.

This isn't the first time that custody issues have interfered with Berry's acting projects. In February, she pulled out of the film "New Years Eve" due to "pending custody litigation involving her daughter."