Mel Gibson, ex-girlfriend reach settlement

29 Aug

After a bitter dispute that spawned a criminal case and left the Academy Award winner’s reputation damaged, Academy Award-winning actor/director Mel Gibson and his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva reached a settlement Friday in their custody dispute following a multi-day settlement conference.

Matters concerning the civil financial agreement will be heard in open court Wednesday before Superior Court Peter D. Lichtman, while custody issues about their daughter Lucia will be heard in closed session, according to Mary Hearn, the acting public information officer of the Los Angeles Superior Court.

According to published reports, Grigorieva, a pianist and singer- songwriter, had sought custody of the girl, who will turn 2 years old Oct. 30, and for the child’s visits with Gibson to be overseen by a court-appointed observer.

Grigorieva had alleged she was subjected to verbal and physical abuse at the hands of Gibson.

He countered that she tried to extort millions of dollars from him in return with telephone recordings she made after their relationship ended in April 2010.

Gibson pleaded no contest in March to a misdemeanor battery charge stemming from a 2010 run-in with Grigorieva.

LA Daily News contributed to this report.

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