The acrimonious split between Mel Gibson and former partner Oksana Grigorieva has been playing out in court for the better part of a year, but it seems relations between the pair haven’t gotten any smoother in the months they’ve been separated.
The actor and the Eastern European musician never married, but are parents to a two-year-old girl, Lucia. Grigorieva is reportedly working on getting a massive settlement from the formerly A-list actor, claiming among other things that Gibson’s behavior has emotionally traumatized her son Alexander. Of the bust-up in January, Gibson claims that the allegations- which have put a damper on his already sputtering career- have been taken far out of context:
“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.
“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.”
The fight in question occurred in January, and Grigorieva claims that Gibson screamed abuse at her son, terrifying him and driving him under the bed to hide. During the argument, Gibson is said to have struck Grigorieva so hard two teeth were knocked out of her mouth. Grigorieva also claims that her former lover threw Alexander “onto a table,” but Gibson denies the allegations.
In addition to the damages for alleged emotional abuse and trauma, Grigorieva is seeking a large sum for the future care of Lucia. Gibson is currently undergoing intensive court ordered anger management and domestic violence education. Following the split, he also tried to get his career back on track, but audiences have not warmed to him.