Mel Gibson has finally reached a financial settlement in his nasty ongoing custody battle with his Russian-born former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
After months of sparring in court, the pair – who split last year after a three-year relationship – reached a preliminary agreement last week regarding their daughter Lucia, the terms of which were announced today by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman
In a deal which grants him joint custody of his daughter, Gibson, 55, has agreed to pay his ex-girlfriend $750,000 – which will be made in three payments, with the final payment occurring in Sept. 2016 if the agreement is not breached.
According to the Judge, the six-figure total agreed upon is equal to the amount in financial support that Gibson is required to pay his first wife, Robyn, for the care of their seven children together.
Grigorieva, 40, and 22-month-old Lucia will be allowed to live in the suburban Los Angeles home until the child’s 18th birthday. At that time, the house will be sold and the proceeds placed in a trust for Lucia.
In addition, the settlement also stipulates that neither party can produce any books, articles, “or additional tapes” about their relationship – a reference to leaked telephone conversations in which an enraged Gibson screamed at Grigorieva.
Following the reading of the settlement, the Braveheart star stood up and said:
“I’d like to say thanks, your honor, for bringing this matter to a reasonable conclusion.”
Earlier this year, Gibson pled no contest to a misdemeanor battery charge relating to a January 2010 argument he had with Grigorieva. The actor was accused of striking Grigorieva and was sentenced to 36 months probation and ordered to attend 52 weeks of domestic violence counseling.