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Basinger Accused of Violating Custody Orders

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Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger pleaded innocent on Wednesday to violating child custody orders in her divorce case with her ex-husband, actor Alec Baldwin.

Basinger, who faces a maximum punishment of 60 days in jail and a $12,000 fine, entered the plea through her defense attorney and did not attend a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court.

Superior Court Commissioner Maren Nelson ordered Basinger to stand trial next year on 12 contempt charges, which stem from accusations by Baldwin that she violated court orders over the custody of their only child, 10-year-old daughter Ireland.

Basinger, 52 and Baldwin, 48, married in 1993 and separated seven years later. Their divorce was final in 2002 and the Hollywood couple has since been involved in a bitter and protracted custody battle.

Basinger, a Georgia-born former top model, won an Academy Award for the 1997 film noir "L.A. Confidential."


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