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Actress Basinger ordered to court
Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin
Actors Basinger and Baldwin wed in 1993 after meeting on a film set
Actress Kim Basinger has been ordered to appear in court to explain why she allegedly disobeyed judge's orders over visitation rights for daughter Ireland.

Court papers allege that in 2005 the actress, 52, failed to tell ex-husband Alec Baldwin she was working away from home, so he could care for their child.

Basinger's lawyer told the Associated Press that the charges were "nothing more than continued harrassment".

She has been ordered to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on 4 October.

Court papers, filed by Baldwin, also claim there was an occasion when the Oscar-winning actress failed to inform her ex-husband that 10-year-old Ireland was injured and needed medical assistance.

Legal wrangle

"These allegations are specious and Kim looks forward to her vindication," said Basinger's lawyer, Neal Hersh.

The couple parted in 2000 after seven years of marriage, and divorced two years later.

In 2004 they agreed to split the parenting of their child, but their custody wrangle reignited earlier this year after Baldwin accused his ex-wife of trying to prevent him from seeing their daughter.

In June, a judge called for a psychological assessment of Baldwin to determine whether he was attempting to turn his daughter against Basinger.

Court papers filed in October 2005 revealed Baldwin's claims that Basinger had a "pathological need" to turn her child against him, and asked that she undergo a psychological evaluation.

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