Lethal Weapons star, Mel Gibson definitely didn’t take into account the very high cost he would have to pay for his straying from his marital commitments! He must realising that one of the most expensive divorce settlements in Hollywood plus a charge of domestic violence just doesn’t cut it anymore!
Mel Gibson wasn’t the big Hollywood star he is now, when in the 1970s, he met Robyn Moore who was a dental nurse, in Australia. By 1980, they were married and the two soon went on to have seven children including daughter Hannah and sons Edward, Christian, William, Louis, Milo and Thomas. Mel also has more than a couple of grandchildren.
According to some sources, after almost twenty-six years of being married, the couple started living separately by 2006. The separation happened the day after Mel Gibson’s arrest for driving under influence of alcohol. Probably, by this time Mel was undergoing turbulent times and their marriage was under the stress of his personal problems or probably he was troubled by the cracks in his marital life.
In 2009, tabloids released pictures of Mel Gibson embracing Russian musician Oksana Grigorieva, followed by news that she was carrying his love child. Oksana Grigorieva was already the mother of a son with actor Timothy Dalton. The two, Oksana and Mel were allegedly in a relationship for nearly three years even when Mel was still married to Robyn. As a direct consequence of this probably, Robyn filed for divorce from Mel citing the usual ‘irreconcilable differences’ and the couple were divorced by 2011 after almost three decades of marriage. Since, no pre-nuptial agreements had been signed; Mel Gibson had to dish out half of all his assets, which turned out to be a whopping estimation of nearly $500 million.
Unfortunately, the romantic relationship between Mel Gibson and Oksana Grigorieva was not to last long after the birth of their daughter, Lucia. Just a year after his divorce, these two also split. Soon a series of audio tapes came out in the media showing Mel as an abusive man, who had even threatened violence to Oksana. Mel had to admit to the charge of once punching her on the mouth. He, in turn accused her of selfishness and putting career before their relationship. The extremely high cost of his divorce must have added to Mel’s latent violent tendencies and worsened their relationship. The immense negative publicity that followed further added to his woes. Oksana was offered a $15 million settlement from Mel Gibson, but she turned it down since she expected a larger amount in court. Unfortunately, she had to settle for the much smaller amount of only $750,000 in cash and a house for her and their daughter Lucia, until she turns 18 for which she blamed her own lawyers. Oksana’s bad run continued; she spoke out on the issue of her relationship with Mel on a popular radio interview show with Howard Stern, despite a confidentiality clause signed by her regarding the same and suffered by losing out on most of the settlement money!