Another chapter in the long and bitter custody battle of Kim Basinger and Alec Baldwin. I've been following this case for some time and it's starting to get interesting. I know a lot of people don't like him very much, but if what has been written can be trusted, I'm inclined to side with him on this one. He's apparently writing a book about how the family court system chews up and spits out men who want to be involved in their children's lives. Also, (based on the assumption that what I've read is accurate) she sounds like a classic PAS-er. I won't go into too many details but PAS stands for Parental Alienation Syndrome -- and is usually present in high conflict divorce situations where there are children involved. In fact, it is so prevelent that I would not be surprised if there are some people on this forum who've experienced it as kids and don't even realize it has a name. More and more courts are beginning to recognize this psychological syndrome in custody cases. The clinical definition is: "The Parental Alienation Syndrome (PAS) is the systematic denigration by one parent by the other with the intent of alienating the child against the other parent. The purpose of the alienation is usually to gain or retain custody without the involvement of the father. The alienation usually extends to the father's family and friends as well." http://today.reuters.com/news/articlenews.aspx?type=entertainmentNews&storyID=2006-10-04T231716Z_01_N04388325_RTRUKOC_0_US-BASINGER.xml&archived=False Kim Basinger accused of violating custody orders Wed Oct 4, 2006 7:17 PM ET LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actress Kim Basinger pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to violating child custody orders in her divorce case with her ex-husband, actor Alec Baldwin, a court spokesman said. Basinger, who entered the plea through her attorney and did not attend the hearing, was ordered by a Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner to face a trial early next year on the contempt charges over accusations by Baldwin that she violated the custody orders. Baldwin, 48, and Basinger, 52, have been involved in a bitter and protracted court battled over custody of their daughter Ireland, 10. Baldwin accused Basinger of blocking his visitations and failing to notify him when the girl suffered an injury.