Halle Berry black side of the family is trying to blast her for cutting them off. Her estranged half-sister has now come forward to say the Oscar winner has cut herself off from her fatherâ€™s side of the family.
Renee Berry, 51, is the 44-year-old daughter of Halleâ€™s late African-American father Jerome Berry and Edwina Taylor â€“ who broke up with him shortly before he started dating the actressâ€™mother Judith Hawkins.
Although Jerome and Judith split up when Halle was just four years old, EURweb is reporting that Renee says she remained â€œvery closeâ€Â to the future Hollywood star while they were growing up. But apparently, things have changed.
â€œIâ€™m sad to say it seems like she does not want anything to do with us. I have not spoken to her in about five years, Renee told the Daily Mirror. â€œI tried to contact her through her website, to congratulate her on her Oscar, but no one got back to me.â€
â€œWe would love to meet Nahla, Renee continued. â€œWe are desperate to understand why Halle is so upset, why she feels she cannot be with us.â€
Renee, currently working in the food service industry in Alabama, claims Halle was angry with her when she made a public plea to visit Jerome when he was dying from Parkinsonâ€™
In interviews over the years, Halle has alleged Jerome was a violent alcoholic who beat her mother Judith in front of her and sister Heidi. In an interview two years ago, Halle said: â€˜I saw my mother battered, and could not do anything to stop it. My father was tyrannical, lashing out at her for no reason. I felt the effects that had on our family â€“ Iâ€™ve experienced what these women have gone through.â€
Despite Halleâ€™s negative memories of her childhood with Jerome, Renee paints a very different picture of their father as a â€œgood man.â€
â€œMy father never beat any of us. He would spank us from time to time, but he never abused us,â€ said Renee. â€œHe liked a drink or two, like anyone else does, but he was not an alcoholic.â€