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Halle Berry stuns fans with child support comments: 'It's wrong and it's extortion'

The mum-of-two hit out on Instagram

Gemma Strong

Halle Berry caused a stir on Instagram this week after she came under attack from trolls.

The Oscar-winning actress had shared a quote which read, "Women don't owe you s***", which prompted a huge response from her followers, with one cruelly writing: "With all of your accomplishments, fame, beauty, it seems, as if, you CAN'T keep a man."

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"Who said I wanted to keep them? I'm all about living your best life, if you make a wrong move, course correct and re-spin and start again!" Halle responded.

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And when another commenter echoed, "Says the women who can't keep a man." Halle hit back with: "Who says I wanna keep the wrong man? cuz…..I don't."

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The star then addressed the subject of alimony and child support when a follower referred to her ex-partner, Gabriel Aubry. "And it takes great strength everyday to pay it. And btw it's wrong and it's extortion," she wrote.

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Halle and Gabriel were together from 2005 until 2010

Halle, 54, later expanded: "I'm not going to speak on alimony as I have never asked for it, nor have I ever paid it.

"However, as for child support, I feel I can speak on it as I've been paying it for a decade now. I feel if a woman or a man is having to pay support that is way more than they reasonably need to help SUPPORT the child, I think that is wrong.

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"I understand some parents (man or woman) may need help, but I 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."

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The former couple share daughter Nahla together

She continued: ''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.

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"The laws are outdated and no longer reflect the modern world. This is just my opinion, I clearly don't own the truth. I can say I'm living it every day and I can tell you it's hard."

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Halle with her ex-husband, French actor Olivier Martinez

"I do totally understand the feelings of those men who feel they are and have been taken advantage of by the system."

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Halle shares two children with her ex-partners; she and Gabriel are parents to 12-year-old daughter Nahla, and she has a seven-year-old son, Maceo, with ex-husband, Olivier Martinez.

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Halle is a proud mum of two

In 2014, Halle filed court documents asking a judge to reduce the amount of money she was paying Gabriel and reportedly wanted the sum dropped from $16,000 to $3,8000 a month.

A document submitted to the court by the actress and her lawyer at that time allegedly stated: "There is no case, no law, no logic that says a healthy, active man gets to simply live off child support that the wealthier mother earns."

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