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Mel Gibson

Gives Divorce Judge

the Boot

4/17/2009 6:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mel Gibson divorceUPDATE: 7:16 PM ET We just got the papers Mel's lawyer filed with the court, in which he said Mel believes he "cannot have a fair and impartial trial or hearing before Judge Ongkeko." The case has now been removed to Judge Frederick Shaller, but expect the whole case to be handled by a "private judge" -- and that should happen soon.

Mel Gibson
already has issues with his divorce -- at least his lawyer does.

We've learned ... Bob Kaufman, Mel's attorney, filed legal papers yesterday to boot the judge from the case -- Hon. Rafael Ongkeko. Each side is entitled to ding a judge from hearing the case, but that can only be done in the first 10 days. Your move Laura Wasser.

Here's the reality. The chances that a judge in the L.A. County Courthouse will actually hear Mel's divorce case are slim to none. That's because both Kaufman and Wasser almost always get a "private" judge to hear their high-profile cases, away from the public glare.

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JohnH    

for the amount of money he earned I hope that he has her quietly and pacefully killed. She didn't earn it, he did. She kept the house like any maid, but lived in luxery while he worked. He needs to do the right thing. She doesn't look like she has that much time left anyway.

1989 days ago
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Pammywhammy    

I think Mel Gibson is a great actor. I also think he will do what is fair with his wife. All marriages are not made in heaven. Some are made in hell. They take a lot of hard work. I think they should hold it together, they did for 28 years. If they cannot good luck to both of them in their new lives.

1987 days ago
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Libbi    

Speaking as an Australian of which both Mel and his ex wife are. I think hes disgusting, his wife stood by him for many years and hes done a Paul Hogan on her and got his new little Russian girl preganant. I feel sorry for his kids and hes looks so old compared to the new scrumpet. I hope his wife ends up with loads of money

1977 days ago
4.

redballs    

first and booya

2012 days ago
5.

FLYING HEAD    

1st

2012 days ago
6.

Mike    

Judge must have been Jewish

2012 days ago
7.

Ooooo Noooo!    

She expects $450 MILLION for servicing him over the years. . . a hooker would have been a lot cheaper and lower maintenance.

2012 days ago
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Linda Mott    

If he wants to keep it quiet and out of the public eye, give her and her/his children half the money. She put up with him for many years and many children. She deserves half. He is only hurting his image by dragging it out in court.

2012 days ago
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Crabby    

Are there any Gentile lawyers in L.A.?

2012 days ago
10.

Diana    

She deserves every penny she gets. He should give her the money without any trouble. There is plenty to go around

2012 days ago
11.

evilive    

oh mel
there you go with those jews out ta get me

2012 days ago
12.

Triple Play    

Mel's attorney is Kaufman. Isn't that a jewish name? I guess Mel has seen ths light

2012 days ago
13.

Michael Madsen    

I'm a lot younger than Mel... but he really turns me on...
Oops... I just squirted.

2012 days ago
14.

del    

Mel should set up half his money in trust for his 7 children. His wife can't fight that. Then give her a decent allowance since she sacrificed 30 years of career skill building to be his baby machine, leaving her essentially unemployable in any profession other than entry level work. That would be more than fair to both of them, and do what's right for the kids as well.
Don't forget, the whole reason he could take off and do as many films as he did and still have the 7 kids he wanted, was that she was home raising them.

2012 days ago
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del    

Yes, Mel stuck to his Catholic beliefs and shunned birth control. He couldn't have done this without a big sacrifice from his wife who have up all hopes of a career to be his incubator.

2012 days ago
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