LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Actor Mel Gibson will pay
the mother of his 22 month-old daughter $750,000 and get joint
custody of the child, ending a bitter custody and financial
dispute that badly damaged his Hollywood career.
The "Braveheart" director and his former musician
girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva agreed to a settlement detailed in
a Los Angeles Superior Court hearing Wednesday following a
more than year-long war of words.
Judge Peter Lichtman banned both Gibson and Grigorieva from
writing books about their relationship, which unraveled in
early 2010 amid accusations of violence and extortion.
"I would like to thank your honor for bringing this matter
to a reasonable conclusion," Gibson told Lichtman at
Grigorieva, who had been seeking millions of dollars from
the Oscar-winning actor, thanked Lichtman for "the tremendous
help to resolve this situation."
The acrimony between the couple became public a year ago
when taped phone calls were leaked online in which Gibson was
heard ranting, cursing and insulting Grigorieva.
The leak appeared to have been aimed at putting pressure on
the actor to increase an initial settlement offer to Grigorieva
that was reported to be around $15 million. Los Angeles
prosecutors later decided against charging Grigorieva with
In March, Gibson admitted slapping Grigorieva during an
argument and was sentenced to three years probation.
The widely-heard tapes further tarnished a reputation
damaged by Gibson's 2006 anti-Semitic tirade following a drunk
driving arrest in Malibu.
His manager quit, he lost a cameo role in "The Hangover:
Part Two" because other people refused to work with him, and
the release of his movie "The Beaver" was delayed and
ultimately flopped at box offices in May.
Gibson, who was once estimated to be worth $900 million
after a string of hit movies like "Lethal Weapon" and "The
passion of the Christ", reached a private settlement with his
wife Robyn in June that wrapped up their divorce after 28 years
(Reporting by Jill Serjeant; Editing by Bob Tourtellotte)
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