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Kim Basinger accused of contempt in dispute with Alec Baldwin

Kim Basinger accused of contempt in dispute with Alec Baldwin

Kim Basinger faces a non-jury trial after pleading not guilty Wednesday to allegations of disregarding court orders concerning ex-husband Alec Baldwin's visitation rights with their daughter.
Basinger's attorney entered the not guilty pleas on her behalf to 12 misdemeanor counts of criminal contempt. The Academy Award-winning actress faces up to 60 days in jail and a $12,000 (euro9,500) fine if convicted of all counts.
Superior Court Commissioner Maren E. Nelson set a tentative Jan. 15 date for non-jury trial. Nelson also proposed Feb. 16 as an alternative trial date.
Basinger's attorney, Neal R. Hersh, waived her right to be present during the trial. Baldwin, who lives in New York, will be among the witnesses at the bench trial, said his attorney, Vicki Greene.
Court papers filed by Baldwin allege that in 2005, Basinger ignored court orders and did not let Baldwin know she would be out of town working so that he could take care of 10-year-old Ireland until the actress returned.
On one occasion, Basinger also did not tell Baldwin that their daughter was injured and required medical help, according to the court papers. The girl's injuries were not specified.
Baldwin, 48, and Basinger, 52, separated in 2000 after seven years of marriage. The visitation issue had originally been resolved in March 2004, with the former couple agreeing to share joint custody of their daughter.