In April 2009, Mel Gibson’s wife Robyn Gibson filed for divorce after 30 years of marriage and seven children with the actor. Later that month, Gibson went public with his relationship with Russian-born singer Oksana Grigorieva. Gibson and Grigorieva had reportedly been dating for some time prior to then.
It then became known that Grigorieva was pregnant with Gibson’s child. Baby Lucia was born on October 30, 2009.
Gibson and Grigorieva split up in April 2010. They apparently executed a custody agreement regarding Lucia at that time.
The quiet split hit the headlines this week as both parties went to court seeking restraining orders against the other, reportedly sparked by a denial of visitation on Father’s Day.
Grigorieva alleged that she was afraid of Gibson, in an emergency restraining order filed Monday against Gibson, citing a January incident in which he struck her during an argument at his Malibu home. A source close to Gibson says that the allegation is untrue and that it was Grigorieva who was out of control, placing Lucia in danger.
The source notes: “The allegation that Oksana is in fear of Mel is ridiculous. From January to March, she traveled with Mel to London and Paris at her insistence. This is all an attempt to gain financial advantage over him.”
Gibson, who is temporarily forbidden from contacting Grigorieva, was granted visitation with Lucia after his attorneys presented the parties’ custody agreement to the court. Sources close to Grigorieva say that she feels the agreement is unfair.
Gibson also filed a request for a restraining order against Grigorieva on Tuesday. The order prevents her from speaking about sensitive aspects about the case.
Gibson lives in Malibu. Grigorieva is living in a Sherman Oaks, California home owned by Gibson. Gibson’s family law attorney, Stephen Kolodny, says that, in addition to allowing her to live in that home, Gibson also bought Grigorieva a car, provides health insurance and has given “Oksana tens of thousands of dollars to support her and Lucia over the past months.”
Kolodny says this exceeds the requirements of the existing support and custody agreement. Sources close to Grigorieva deny that she has received any support from Gibson since their split.