*Gabriel Aubry’s reps at Wilhelmina Models have released a statement on his behalf in the wake of Halle Berry’s announcement that she was pulling out of a movie to focus on “custody issues” related to their two-year-old daughter Nahla.

“While Gabriel is disappointed in Halle’s decision to falsely malign him publicly and for her own purposes, he refuses to be pulled into her dispute over a canceled film production,” his rep told Access Hollywood. “Gabriel also refuses to air their issues in the press as he believes this may ultimately harm their daughter. The fact is that Gabriel is a caring father who shares custody of Nahla.”

“Gabriel fully believes that a consistent and balanced living situation and two loving parents are crucial for their child even if Ms. Berry feels otherwise,” his rep continued. “He will always defend his rights as a father and will always consider Nahla’s best interest. Halle’s continuing allegations in the press are untrue and irresponsible.”

Berry’s rep previously stated the actress had “attempted to resolve these custody issues amicably with her daughter’s father…but given his lack of cooperation, Halle has no choice but to seek swift judicial intervention.”

On Dec. 30, Aubry asked the courts to be formally recognized as Nahla’s father and to establish shared custody.