The normally angry Mel Gibson was all smiles this weekend after winning a major battle in the settlement agreement with his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and keeping a huge amount of his net worth. She gave an interview to Howard Stern last October and tried to weave around his questions about Gibson, but subtly mentioned their marriage by calling it a “painful and dark” experience. But a judge has ruled that was enough to violate the terms of her confidentiality agreement with Gibson, which forbids her from speaking about him publicly. As a result, Grigorieva had half of her $750,000 settlement removed by the judge. The next payment was supposed to come in January 2016.
The net worth news come as a huge blow to Grigorieva because she had filed for bankruptcy just days earlier. The aspiring musician claimed to have $10 to her name and $250,000 in debt. She cited lawyer bills for the mountain debt, but it is also appears that she hasn’t worked at all since her divorce to Gibson. Grigorieva’s bankruptcy is particularly shocking because she had previously turned down a $15 million settlement offer from Gibson and took her chances in court to try and get more money from him.
She still has plenty of money coming in from Gibson, though. They have a four-year-old daughter named Lucia and Gibson is currently paying $20,000 per month in child support. That’s expected to last until Lucia turns 18. She is also staying at one of his properties in Sherman Oaks, California, until Lucia reaches adulthood. The “love child” fathered outside of his then-marriage to Robin Gibson ultimately ended their marriage after 31 years. Their divorce was finalized on December 2011 and the settlement was worth more than $400 million, making it the highest in Hollywood history.
Of course, Gibson’s career was effectively ruined after Grigorieva tape recorded Gibson screaming racist and sexist slurs at her in a stunningly angry rant. He also pleaded no contest in 2011 to a battery charge after reportedly punching her in the face during an argument. “You have to put it all in the proper context of being in an irrationally, heated discussion at the height of a breakdown, trying to get out of a really unhealthy relationship,” he said in 2011. “It's one terribly awful moment in time, said to one person, in the span of one day and doesn't represent what I truly believe or how I've treated people my entire life.”
Gibson’s next acting role will come as Conrad Stonebanks in The Expendables 3, which hits theaters in August. He is also producing thriller film Elisa Graves, which is also expected to come out later this year.