My Halle on Earth; X-Men Blockbuster Star Halle Berry Reveals Her Descent into Despair after Crash Horror Exclusive

By Pearce, Garth | The People (London, England), August 6, 2000 | Go to article overview

My Halle on Earth; X-Men Blockbuster Star Halle Berry Reveals Her Descent into Despair after Crash Horror Exclusive


Pearce, Garth, The People (London, England)


SHE is the beautiful superstar of the blockbuster X-Men - but just a few months ago she was dangerously close to being an eX-Person.

For stunning Halle Berry was gripped in the depths of despair and friends feared she may try to kill herself.

Amazingly, as the 33-year-old exclusively told the Sunday People, it would have been her SECOND suicide attempt.

She said: "I was in complete despair. I thought I would lose everything."

Halle, who is about to take Britain by storm in the sci-fi movie released here next week, battled to survive the breakdown of her marriage and more recently the horror of being convicted of motoring offences after a head-on car crash.

The model-turned-actress - who shot to fame in The Flintstones - said it was only her close friends and family who helped her find the will to live.

Wiping the tears from her eyes, Halle said: "For months after the crash I was in a terrible state. I thought I would lose everything. I felt all the people around me were pointing at me and calling me guilty.

"I thought the whole of Hollywood was laughing at me and I felt very isolated and alienated and misunderstood.

"It was only the love and support of my friends and especially my boyfriend Eric which helped me pull through. I don't know what I would have done without him."

Halle's nightmare began when she was involved in a horrific head-on car crash as she was driving home in Los Angeles in February.

Having suffered a head wound which required 20 stitches, Shocked Halle drove away from the crash, leaving Heta Raythatha, 28, at the scene with a broken wrist and bad neck injuries.

The actress was later charged with leaving the scene of an accident and was fined pounds 9,000, put on probation for three years and given 200 hours community service.

She was deeply affected by the crash and its aftermath - especially when tasteless jokes and gossip started to do the Hollywood rounds. When she pulled out of the Oscars earlier this year, presenter Billy Crystal quipped: "They're making a sequel to Driving Miss Daisy. It's an action film - and they are going to have Halle Berry drive."

Halle said: "I felt like I was misrepresented. An everyday accident was turned into a crime.

"I cannot remember a thing about the accident. One moment, a dark shape was coming at me - and the next, I was at home, bleeding from the head wound. So I felt like I had no defence.

"It put me at the mercy of the police, the courts and anyone who wanted to say what had happened. I was also really disappointed at how many people refused to believe me." Halle's obvious devastation made close friends and family fear for her safety. It was her lowest point since her baseball star husband David Justice walked out of their marriage in 1996.

After he left, Halle tried to kill herself. Speaking of her suicide attempt, Halle said: "When David left, I felt totally worthless.

"I put myself in my car, with the engine running, in the garage of my home which I had shut tight. …

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